Sources in the Central Investigation Agency said two Trinamool Congress ministers, an MLA and a former party leader arrested by the CBI in the Narada sting tape case, were taken to the Presidency Correctional Home in Kolkata late on Monday night.
State ministers Subrata Mukherjee and Farhad Hakim, Trinamool Congress MLA Madan Mitra and former leader Sowan Chatterjee were taken to jail from the Nizam Palace amid tight security after a medical examination, which houses the CBI office.
The family members of the four were present outside the correctional home when they were taken inside.
Hakim said outside the Nizam Palace, “I have full faith in the judiciary. The BJP can appoint anyone to harass me.”
The Chairman of the Board of Administrators of the weeping Kolkata Municipal Corporation also said that he could not finish his job of helping the people of the city in times of pandemics.
“We are all bad men but Mukul (Roy) and Suvendu (officials) are not,” Mr. Mitra said.
Mr. Roy and Mr. Adhikari, who were also accused in the case, were not arrested. He was the TMC leader when the sting operation was carried out but now he is a BJP MLA.
Mr. Chatterjee said, “I am not a dacoit. I have done nothing wrong that the CBI can enter my bedroom to arrest me.”
All four were arrested in the morning.
The Calcutta High Court stayed the special CBI court’s verdict on Monday night to grant bail to four people arrested and filing chargesheets by the CBI in the Narada sting tape case.
A division bench said it thought it appropriate to stay the order of the special court and directed that “the accused person will be considered in judicial custody until further orders”.
In 2014 a sting operation was carried out by Matthew Samuel of Narada News, a web portal, in which some people, including TMC ministers, MPs and MLAs, were seen taking money from representatives of a fictitious company in return for favors.
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