Kolkata: In a first, Central Bureau of Investigation ( CBI) summons Madan Mitra and Suvendu Adhikari in Narada sting case. Both are requested to appear Nizam Palace on Friday. Earlier, after a series of summons, state Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari on Monday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the probe into the Narada sting operation case. Adhikari had reached the ED office at CGO complex in Salt Lake at around 8.30 am and left the place at 12.45 pm.
ED sources said Adhikari did not deny accepting money from Narada News CEO Mathew Samuel, but he told investigating officials that he is not aware of the amount. Though the minister responded to all the questions, he is likely to be called again as there were some discrepancies in his answers, they said. During questioning, Adhikari also mentioned few names who had accepted the money on his behalf, sources said.
Though he could not say the exact amount he had taken, Adhikari claimed that it was lesser that what he has been accused of taking, a source said. Adhikari said that he was introduced to Samuel by Deputy Mayor Iqbal Ahmed, as per sources. Meanwhile, Trinamool MP Mukul Roy was questioned by the CBI on Monday for over six hours at their office in Nizam Palace in connection with the sting. As per sources, Roy told officials that he did not accept the money personally. Senior Trinamool Congress leader Madan Mitra, arrested in the Saradha scam case, was released from prison on september 2016. After that this is the first time,CBi summoned Madan Mitra on Narada sting case.