Narada Scam: CBI Summons Mathew Samuel For Questioning


Kolkata: The Central Bureau of Investigation has summoned Mathew Samuel, the editor and MD of Narada News to appear before the agency in Kolkata on June 24 in connection with the Narada tapes scam probe.

The move comes as a sign of re-energised probe into the Saradha and Narada scams after the re-election of the Modi government. Both cases implicate members of Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress.

However, an accused in the Narada case is new entrant to the BJP, former TMC MP Mukul Roy.

On June 10, senior IPS officer SMH Mirza appeared before CBI officials in Kolkata for questioning in connection with its probe into the case.

CBI sources said that Mirza was asked about his connections with the then Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy, who is also allegedly involved in the scam.

SMH Mirza was the Superintendent of Police of Burdwan district when the sting operation was conducted by Mathew Samuels of the Narada News portal in 2014.

In the sting operation, which was claimed to have been carried out in 2014, some persons resembling senior Trinamool Congress leaders and the IPS officer are seen accepting money from the representatives of a fictitious company in return for favours.

However, the sting video footages were uploaded in the news portal before the West Bengal Assembly elections in 2016, creating a furore in the state politics.

Taking over the investigation of the case following a Calcutta High Court order, the CBI had booked 12 top TMC leaders, including MPs and West Bengal ministers and police officials.