Hours after Calcutta High Court ordered CBI to investigate charges some Trinamool Congress leaders who were allegedly seen taking bribes in the Narada sting operation, West Bengal Chief minister and party supremo Mamata Banerjee today said her party will go to Supreme Court to challenge the order. When asked about the Calcutta High Court order today, she said, “I will not comment on this, we’ll approach higher judiciary.”
“Everyone knows that the sting was published from BJP office”, she added. Earlier in the day, a division bench of acting Chief Justice Nishita Mhatre and Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty asked the Cagency to complete its inquiry in three days. It also asked CBI to lodge an FIR in the case if required after the inquiry’s completion. The bench also termed the state police as puppet and said that the society demands proper probe on the matter.
It also asked the CBI to take into possession all devices which are currently into the court’s custody, which were used in the sting operation. The High Court also said that the matter involved high profile leaders from parliamentarians, ministers and officials, therefore an independent inquiry is needed. The court also ordered probe against senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer SMH. Mirza within 24 hour.
The police official was seen in the footage, who claimed to be “key person who collects funds” for the ruling party in the state. The High Court gave the order after hearing three Public Interest Litigations requessting for an independent investigation in the controversy that emerged last year in March when the Narada News portal uploaded some video footages purportedly showing some Trinamool Congress leaders receiving money in exchange of favours to a fictitious firm.
(With inputs from IANS)