Narada Probe: CBI Summons Saugata Roy


Kolkata:  CBI sent a letter to Roy and asked him to appear for examination on Thursday. He was summoned after he was seen – in the tapes – accepting money from Narada News CEO Mathew Samuel in exchange for favours.

Samuel is also been asked to appear on Wednesday and both of them are likely to reach CBI office at Nizam Palace around 11 am in South Kolkata. CBI summoning senior party leaders for questioning in Narada case has left the state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee embarrassed – who is already facing serious law and order challenges in Bengal.

The senior leader was elected to the 15 and 16 Lok Sabha from Dum Dum constituency. He had earlier been elected from Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency in 1977. During Charan Singh ministry he was the Union Minister of State for Petroleum. He was also the Union Minister of State for Urban Development during Manmohan Singh government from 2009 to 2012.

On January 11, 2017, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Babul Supriyo filed a complaint against Roy along with AITC MP Tapas Paul and MLA Mahua Moitra for alleging that he is involved in the Rose Valley chit fund scam. After Sultan Ahmed, Roy will be the second MP to be examined by the probe agency in Narada case.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has asked Trinamool MLA and Deputy Mayor of Kolkata Municipal Corporation Iqbal Ahmed to appear before the court on Wednesday. Iqbal Ahmed is the younger brother of Sultan Ahmed. Both the CBI and the ED are probing the case separately.

On Tuesday, Sultan and Iqbal refused to give their voice samples and Voice Spectrographic Test (VST) to the CBI. Iqbal Ahmed, MLA from Khanakul in Hooghly district was seen in the video allegedly accepting bribe in the sting operation.

The sting operation case was conducted by Narada news in West Bengal to expose the alleged corrupt practices of ministers in the Mamata Banerjee’s government. The sting was conducted under the supervision of its (Narada news) founder Mathew Samuel for a period of two years. Ahead of the 2016 Assembly elections in West Bengal, Narada news released videos of sting operations, which sent ripples across the political fraternity across the country. Videos showed 13 TMC ministers and leaders accepting bribes in return of favours/misusing official positions.

Narada sting operation caused a major embarrassment for the state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee because it came at time when TMC is already under criticism from the opposition parties in Saradha chit-fund scam.

Mathew Samuel of Narada news formed a fictitious company and approached several TMC ministers asking them for favours in return of money. Those who were seen in the Narada sting tapes were: Firhad Hakim, Mukul Rai, Saugata Roy, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Sultan Ahmed, Subrata Mukherjee, Subhendu Adhikari, Sovan Chatterjee, TMC MP Aparupa Poddar, Madan Mitra, Iqbal Ahmed, Prasun Banerjee and H.M.S. Mirza.

On March 17, 2017, Calcutta High Court ordered a preliminary probe to be conducted by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the sting operation case. The court also directed the CBI to register an FIR against those who were involved in the case, if required.

On April 17, CBI has filed charge sheet against 13 and others TMC leaders in the Narada sting case. All of them were booked under Section 120 B of IPC (criminal conspiracy), Section 13 (2), 13 (1D) and Section of 7 of Prevention of Corruption Act.