Narada Prob: ED Summons Suvendu Adhikari

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Kolkata: Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday Summons state transport minister Suvendu Adhikari for Narada scam. ED asks Suvendu to come to the office and records statement. Earlier,  Setting the stage for another bitter showdown between the Centre and the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal, the CBI Monday booked 12 Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders, including MPs and state ministers, and an IPS officer and unidentified “others” for alleged corruption in the Narada ‘sting’ case involving visuals of money changing hands.

Maintaining that its inquiry revealed “prima facie material for registration of a regular case”, the CBI said an FIR had been lodged under the Prevention of Corruption Act and Indian Penal Code section 120B on criminal conspiracy.

TMC leaders booked by the CBI include Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Roy, Lok Sabha MPs Saugata Roy, Aparupa Poddar, Sultan Ahmed, Prasun Banerjee and Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar.

Others named are West Bengal Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim, Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari, Environment Minister Sovan Chatterjee, Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Minister Subrata Mukherjee, former Minister Madan Mitra, MLA Iqbal Ahmed and IPS officer SMH Mirza.

The FIR also mentioned “unknown persons” and CBI officials claimed there were “many others who were a part of the conspiracy but were not shown in the footage’’.

The Narada News tapes, released ahead of the 2016 assembly elections in West Bengal, showed TMC leaders allegedly receiving money from representatives of a fictitious company for future favours.

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