The Supreme Court’s three-judge bench has ruled that CBI investigation would go on against the accused persons in the Narada Sting Operation case. The apex court said that the time given to CBI has been extended to one month for conducting preliminary enquiry in Narada sting operation case. In the meanwhile, Mamata government has withdrawn plea challenging the HC order. She has also apologised to the Supreme Court. The sting had shown TMC netas taking bribe and it was conducted in 2016.
The Calcutta High Court on Friday ordered the CBI to conduct a preliminary inquiry into the Narada sting footage case, in which prominent leaders of West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress were purportedly seen taking money. A division bench comprising acting Chief Justice Nishita Mhatre and Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty asked the Central Bureau of Investigation to complete its inquiry in 72 hours. The court also asked the bureau to lodge an FIR in the case if it deemed necessary after the inquiry’s completion. Terming the state police a puppet, the bench said the society at large demands proper investigation on the issue.
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The CBI had registered a preliminary inquiry in connection with the Narada sting tapes in which several Trinamool Congress members allegedly caught on camera taking money.The preliminary inquiry (PE) has been registered following the directions of a division bench of the Calcutta HC, comprising of acting Chief Justice Nishita Mhatre and Justice T Chakraborti. The bench, on March 17, directed the CBI to register the PE and submit its report before the court. The agency has also collected documents related to the alleged sting operation and examined some leaders, CBI sources said. The bench noted that a report by the central forensic science laboratory (CFSL) in Chandigarh, had said that the tapes were untampered.