The Enforcement Directorate in Kolkata on Monday despatched notices to 5 senior Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders and summoned a suspended Indian Police Service officer in reference to the 2016 Narada sting operation case.
An ED official stated on situation of anonymity that the leaders have been requested to furnish particulars of property owned by their households. The case can be being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The TMC leaders are Lok Sabha members Saugata Roy and Kakali Ghosh Dastidar, former Lok Sabha member Aparupa Poddar, minister Suvendu Adhikari and TMC chief Ratna Chatterjee who’s the spouse of former Kolkata mayor Sovon Chatterjee who can be an accused on this case.
The suspended IPS officer is Saiyaad Mustafa Hussain Mirza.
Saugata Roy and Suvendu Adhikari stated they’d give their reply to the ED as soon as they obtain the discover. The opposite three leaders weren’t accessible for feedback.
Curiously, the TMC state management on Monday night relieved Ratna Chatterjee of a number of obligations which led to speculations that her husband, with whom she has an estranged relationship might return to the TMC. Sovon Chatterjee formally joined the Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP) in August 2019, however has not taken half in any exercise within the occasion.
The controversy erupted in March 2016 after Narada Information portal uploaded a collection of movies purportedly displaying quite a lot of high-profile TMC leaders receiving cash in alternate for favours to a fictitious firm.
Narada was a ballot concern throughout the 2016 meeting polls however the TMC managed to retain energy regardless of a powerful anti-corruption marketing campaign by the BJP, Congress and the Left.
The CBI filed an FIR within the Narada case on March 16, 2017 appearing on a Calcutta excessive courtroom order which was upheld by the Supreme Courtroom. The CBI and ED probed financial institution transactions and wire transfers.
The CBI additionally registered FIR towards then TMC Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Roy who later joined the BJP and have become the opposition occasion’s election strategist in Bengal.
Different senior TMC leaders named within the CBI’s FIR are lawmaker Sultan Ahmed, Lok Sabha member Prasun Banerjee, city improvement minister Firhad Hakim and panchayat and rural improvement minister Subrata Mukherjee.
Former minister Madan Mitra and legislator Iqbal Ahmed, who later died, had been additionally named as accused beneath the Prevention of Corruption Act. Mirza was posted as superintendent of police in Burdwan district throughout the sting operation.