Kolkata: Making it to fame and on the hit list of many for sting involving many of the TMC leader in West Bengal, Narada News CEO Mathew Samuel addressed a press conference in Kolkata on Friday.
Lashing out at the critics who accused him of release the sting video for mere political gains, Mr. Samuel said that the sting is a pure journalistic initiative and politics has nothing to do with it.
“They are taking money and promising favours, the sting has exposed them and it has nothing to do with politics. The footage is snow in safer hands and so I am here” said Mr. Samuels.
When asked about the donation theory forwarded by TMC leadership in a bid ti save face, Narada CEO said, “let them produce proper receipt if this is a donation. They have taken money and promised favour. let there be a probe and the culprits should be punished.”
Answering a question over allegations of illicit funding of his company from Dubai by Trinamool leader Derek O’ Brien, Mr. Samuels said that he has a office there and it is quite normal to make 10 to 15 calls per day for the sake of business.
He further said, ” How did Mr. Brien get my phone call details. They are scared of me. let them conduct any kind of investigation, truth will prevail.”
On the other hand, TMC has approached Election Commission seeking cancellation of Mr. Mathew Samuel’s programme in Kolkata.
The party in its complaints said that as the mater is being investigated by Ethics Committee of Lok Sabha and the Calcuta High Court, Mr. Samuel should not be allowed to hold such programmes now.
The video released by Narada News had showed many top TMC leaders includinh Mukul Roy, former transport minister Madan Mitra, Urban development minister Firhad Hakim, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar allegedly taking stash of cash promising undue favours.
The Narada sting has hit the ruling TMC hard and tarnished the so far clean image of chief minister Mamata Banerjee.