Narada scam | Two TMC Ministers among four held by CBI, High Court to hear matter on May 19

18 may 2021

Narada scam | Two TMC Ministers among four held by CBI, High Court to hear matter on May 19

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has detained two ministers from West Bengal's Trinamool Congress administration and a party MLA in the Narada sting operation case, and they will be held in judicial custody till Wednesday.
While the defendants were granted temporary bail in a municipal court where they were virtually presented, the Calcutta High Court imposed a stay on the decision late in the evening after counsel for the CBI contacted the Chief Justice of the High Court.The four leaders — Firhad Hakim, Subrata Mukherjee, Madan Mitra, and Sovan Chatterjee — will be held in detention till the High Court hears the case on Wednesday.
Ministers Mukherjee and Hakim, senior MLA Madan Mitra, and former Minister and Mayor of Kolkata Sovan Chatterjee, who recently left the BJP, were all arrested by the CBI early in the morning and taken to the CBI headquarters at Nizam Palace in south Kolkata.Mamata Banerjee raced to the CBI headquarters as soon as she learned of the arrests. She stayed at the location for over six hours. Ms. Banerjee had dared the CBI officials to take her into jail, according to lawyers defending those arrested.
The four were virtually brought before a municipal court, where the CBI requested judicial detention for 14 days.. The accused's lawyers contended that because the chargesheet had been submitted, there was no need for detention. The defence further stated that in the event of a pandemic, incarceration was not necessary.

The Narada tapes, which were purportedly recorded in 2014, were made public in 2016, months before the State's election. The alleged tapes showed roughly a dozen Trinamool officials, MPs, and ministers collecting payments from a bogus company's operator on camera. The CBI was ordered to investigate the tapes by the Calcutta High Court in March 2017. In April 2017, the agency filed a FIR against 13 people, including the four people detained on Monday.After hearing that the TMC leaders had been granted bail, TMC workers dispersed later in the evening. Even while the city remained under heavy lockdown, protests erupted in other sections of the city, with TMC supporters burning tyres on the road.
Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar stated there was "lawlessness" in a series of tweets as party supporters held a rally outside the Raj Bhawan. He warned the Chief Minister about the "repercussions of such illegality and constitutional failing."