Mathew Samuel, a senior journalist and the complainant within the 2016 Narada Tapes case, at present expressed happiness at some politicians just like the Trinamool’s Subrata Mukherjee and Firhad Hakim being arrested by the CBI primarily based on the sting operation he carried out. However, he additionally stays dissatisfied as a result of there’s been no motion towards others like BJP chief Suvendu Adhikari regardless of the proof towards them in the identical case.
“It’s a day of happiness…it’s been years. The sting tapes were released in 2016…the politicians could not be touched by the CBI. It had the charge sheet ready three years ago,” Mr Samuel, an investigative journalist and founding father of Narada News, mentioned in a video message.
In 2016, shortly forward of the West Bengal meeting polls, Narada News printed video recordings of assorted Trinamool leaders receiving money allegedly in alternate for some favours. These recordings quickly got here to be often called the Narada Tapes.
The CBI at present arrested 4 of these leaders: Subrata Mukherjee, Firhad Hakim, Madan Mitra, and Sovan Chatterjee.
While Mr Mukherjee and Mr Hakim are cupboard ministers in West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s newly-formed authorities, Mr Mitra is an MLA of her get together. Mr Chatterjee is a former Trinamool legislator.
However, another massive names allegedly uncovered by the Narada Tapes embody Ms Banerjee’s former shut aides Mukul Roy and Suvendhu Adhikari, each of whom later joined the BJP and turned fiercely towards her. There has been no motion towards them until now, one thing Mr Samuel regretted in his message.
“I had gone and given the money to Suvendu Adhikari in his office. His name is not on the list. What happened? A forensic was conducted and it was proven…the CBI took a statement from me too,” he mentioned. “I even go to know that Suvendhu Adhikari admitted that he received the money from me.”
CBI sources knowledgeable NDTV that the company was awaiting clearance from authorities to maneuver towards Mr Adhikari and others. The company had sought the Lok Sabha Speaker’ prosecution sanction towards him on April 6, 2019, since he was then a member of the decrease home.
“Once sanction is received, the law will take its own course,” CBI sources mentioned, including that the company had even despatched a reminder on the matter.
The senior journalist, in the meantime, mentioned what was seen within the tapes was solely “the tip of the iceberg”, hinting that the probe until now could not have been truthful.
“What I am saying is that an investigation should be fair,” Mr Samuel mentioned.
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