Kolkata: Calcutta High Court instructs CBI to conduct preliminary investigation in the Narada scam. An internal inquiry has been asked to conduct on SM Mirza and the state government has been asked to suspend him immediately.
The investigation needs to be completed within 72 hours and an FIR to be registered if required. CBI needs to get hands on all related documents, video footages and forensic reports from Calcutta High court within 24 hours.
Calcutta High Court division bench headed by by Acting Chief Justice Nishita Mhatre and Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty said CBI investigation is seemingly neutral unlike police, so they have shifted the probe.
Acting Chief Justice Nishita Mhatre said,” The CFSL is not tampered with but genuine. Accused have been seen accepting money. Cognizable and serious offence committed.This is a case where the jurisdiction of high court must be exercised. Date police are mere puppets. Preliminary investigation to be conducted by neutral investigating agency , it surprises me how the state has supported the respondents . I direct the CBI to conduct inquiry without delay.”
The scam had aroused distrust among the common people. A fair probe needs to be conducted. State police cannot be relied upon for the same.
Narada News CEO Matthew Samuel welcomed the move calling it a fair decision.