Kolkata: Trinamool Congress’ never-ending encounter with the CBI-ED tended to continue with senior leaders like Mukul Roy and Suvendu Adhikary.Being grilled for their alleged involvement in the Narada payoff case, On Friday morning , Adhikary has reached to the Nizam Palace.
While Roy, a former Railway Minister and Rajya Sabha MP, is still the party’s vice president, Adhikary a former MP and currently a State Minister was Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Nandigram spearhead between 2007 and 2011.
Roy deposed before the CBI at Nizam Palace and Adhikary who had earlier failed to respond to the summons was quizzed by the ED at the CGO Complex. Though, there was no reaction from the two leaders sources close to them said they would cooperate with the central agencies.
The sting operation was conducted by Matthew Samuels, the CEO of Narada News purportedly showed a dozen of Trinamool leaders accepting cash from a sting journalist who posed as a prospective investor in the State. The tapes show Samuels, posing as a businessman, purportedly offering money to the TMC leaders.
Adhikari, who is also the state transport minister, appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for the first time in connection with the case and was questioned about his alleged involvement in it, the agency sources said. Both the ED and CBI are jointly probing the case.
Before the interrogation a host of TMC MPs and Ministers like Saugato Roy, Prasun Banerjee, Aparupa Poddar and Subroto Mukherjee, Sovan Chatterjee were grilled by the CBI in the past week.