The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday arrested IPS officer SMH Mirza in connection with the 2016 Narada sting operation case. West Bengal IPS officer SMH Mirza, who was the Superintendent of Police of Burdwan district in West Bengal when the sting operation was conducted, is the first one to be arrested in the Narada case which also showed Trinamool Congress leaders and others allegedly taking cash.
SMH Mirza was also caught in the sting operation conducted by Narada news portal. The IPS officer will now be produced before the designated court in Kolkata by the CBI, seeking his custody.
According to sources, SMH Mirza was unable to satisfy the CBI officials during his interrogation and was unable to explain accepting cash when the sting operation was conducted.
Sources also say that during the investigation and questioning of other suspects and witnesses in the case, SMH Mirza was the prima facie found to be involved in the alleged illegality. The CBI is currently conducting voice sample testing of a dozen persons caught in the Narada sting operation.
The statement of Mathew Samuels, CEO of Narada News, had also provided vital information against SMH Mirza.
The Narada sting operation was allegedly carried out in 2014 but the video of it only surfaced in 2016, just before the West Bengal assembly elections. Some Trinamool Congress leaders are also under the scanner of the CBI in connection with the case.
The central agency has also approached Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and sought sanction to prosecute three sitting Trinamool Congress MPs – Saugata Roy, Kakoli Ghosh and Prasun Banerjee – and a former parliamentarian of the party – Suvendu Adhikari – in the Narada sting operation case.
Suvendu Adhikari is also a minister in the Mamta Banerjee’s government in West Bengal.
According to the sources, the CBI will file a chargesheet, naming all the four leaders as soon as the sanction is accorded by the Lok Sabha Speaker. The agency, sources said, may not name Mukul Roy, who joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2017 after quitting the Trinamool Congress.
The BJP leader was examined by the investigation agency in August.
All the four leaders were named as accused in the CBI FIR filed on April 16, 2017, after nearly a month-long preliminary enquiry on the orders of Calcutta High Court.
In its FIR, the CBI has alleged that the sting operation shows Saugata Roy, Kakoli Ghosh and Suvendu Adhikari accepting Rs 5 lakh each from the person, posing as the representative while Prasun Banerjee could be seen receiving Rs 4 lakh for helping in a business venture.
Source By Indiatoday