The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today approached the Supreme Court against the house arrest of four congressional leaders in Trinamall in the Narda fraud case in West Bengal. The CBI appealed the decision of the Supreme Court in Calcutta, where the Supreme Court ordered the four leaders to be placed under house arrest. The CBI sought to postpone today’s hearing in Calcutta High Court.
Let the Kolkata High Court in its decision order the four leaders of the Trinamall Congress to remain under house arrest. The judgment was rendered by a Judicial Panel of the Chief Justice of Kolkata Rajesh Pindal and Judge Arjit Banerjee. However, there was no consensus on the verdict on the court. The Kolkata Supreme Court had released on bail two ministers from the Transitional Military Council, Sabratha Mukherjee and Farhad Hakim, and the Trinamol MLA Conference Madan Mitra and former Kolkata Mayor Chopin Chatterjee. The Supreme Court said in its order that temporary bail had been granted, but that the four homes would remain in detention.
Fuss outside the office because of the arrest of ministers
Significantly, when the Central Bank of Iraq raided the leaders of the Transitional Military Council and began the investigation, they claimed that they had found important clues. CBI arrested TMC leaders. Then a commotion erupted and stones were thrown outside the CBI office. Activists accused the Transitional Military Council of throwing stones. After the arrest, Prime Minister Mamata Banerjee stabbed the CBI to arrest her and show if she dared.
What is a Narada scam?
Narada’s stinging tape was exposed ahead of the 2016 House of Representatives elections in Bengal. These tapes were allegedly recorded in 2014. It showed TMC ministers, members of parliament and MLAs, and the mayor of Kolkata was alleged to take money from representatives of a shell company. The blunt operation was carried out by Matthew Samuel, CEO of the Narda news portal. In 2017, the Calcutta Supreme Court ordered the CBI to investigate these tapes.