Kolkata: Central bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday sends notice to Mohammedan Sporting Club over Narada sting prob. CBI also asks for club’s audit report. Earlier, Iqbal admits before CBI that he took the money from Mathew as donation.
Earlier, the first Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader to face questioning by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the Narada News sting operation case has admitted to receiving money, but claimed it was a donation for an embattled football club, according to key officials.
Iqbal Ahmed, a legislator and Kolkata’s deputy mayor, has told investigators that he received Rs10 lakh from Mathew Samuel as a donation for the Mohammedan Sporting Club.
Ahmed made the revelation last week when he faced eight hours of questioning, said two CBI officials, who asked not to be named. The agency asked him to produce on 16 June documentary evidence to prove that the money was indeed taken as a donation, but he took ill and had to be admitted to a hospital.
He looked unwell when he turned up for questioning on 15 June, said the officials cited above. Ahmed is a key figure in the investigation because it appears that the sting operation started with him, and he led Samuel to other top leaders of the TMC, the officials added.
“I am neither denying nor confirming what you are saying,” said Danish Haque, Ahmed’s lawyer, adding that his client is cooperating with the agency. He will present himself for further questioning by the CBI and any other agency as soon as he is discharged from hospital, he said.