Kolkata: Kolkata Police have summoned IPS officer SMH Mirza asking him to be present at Lalbazar today. He is the second person to be summoned in the case following Naradanews CEO Mathew Samuel.
When the Naradanews sting tapes were released in March this year just before the Bengal Assembly polls, a person resembling Mirza, who was then the SP of Burdwan, was shown accepting bribe. He had also told the Naradanews journalist that he was a key person who collects funds on behalf of Trinamool leaders. He had specifically mentioned the name of Mukul Roy.
Notably, after coming to power for the second time in the state, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ordered a police probe into the Naradanews sting case which showed several Trinamool leaders accepting bribe in lieu of future favour to a fictitious firm. Accordingly, Kolkata Police formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by the police commissioner Rajeev Kumar.
Soon after this, Kolkata mayor Sovan Chatterjee’s wife Ratna Chatterjee lodged a complaint against Naradanews at New Market police station for “tarnishing the image” of her husband. Thereafter, the police initiated a case against the Naradanews under various sections of the Indian Penal Code including 120 B, 469, 171 G, 500 and 505 (1) (b).
Separately, three PILs demanding a CBI and ED probe into the alleged bribe taking by Trinamool leaders are pending at the Calcutta High Court. Referring to these PILs, Samuel has so far avoided appearing before the officers at Lalbazar despite being summoned twice.