Mathew Samuel Hands Over New Video Footage To CBI

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Kolkata: Narada News CEO Mathew Samuel on Wednesday handed over new video footage of sting operation to CBI as proof against IPS officer HMS Mirza for taking bribes to help businesses in West Bengal. Mathew reached CBI office here around 11 am and handed over the new videos.

This comes after Mirza claimed that he took money from him but donated it for some charity work. In the eight-minute video, Mirza is seen purportedly acting as a middleman to help Mathew in doing business in Bengal.

“In the video Mirza was seen accepting additional money from Mathew. Two Kolkata-based businessmen were also seen in the video. These businessmen were referred to Mirza by a Rajya Sabha Trinamool Congress MP for the same purpose of doing business with ease in the state. We will soon question them and the Rajya Sabha MP will be asked for his explanation on the matter,” the CBI source said.

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Mirza was the former superintendent of police of Burdwan district. Recently, during interrogation, Mirza claimed that it was Syed Tazdar Ali Mirza, alias ‘Tiger’ who introduced him to Samuel.

“According to Mirza, initially he refused to meet Samuel. But later he met him twice. During his meeting Samuel offered him money which he accepted. He claimed that he took the money after being told by the TMC leader,” said CBI source.

Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress MP Sultan Ahmed has failed to appear before the CBI. Citing health reasons, Ahmed, in a letter to CBI, requested the probe agency for few more days to appear before them citing ill health as the ground for delay. “The letter was sent by his lawyer and he is now supposed to meet CBI sleuths on July 3,” the source said.

Ahead of the 2016 Assembly elections in West Bengal, Narada news released videos of sting operations, showing many leaders of Trinamool Congress accepting bribes.