By A Newsman
Kolkata, 18 March: IN keeping with Calcutta High Court’s order, CBI today began investigation into the Naradanews Sting Operation wherein several Trinamool ministers, MPs, and IPS officer has been captured taking bribe.
Accompanied by High Court officials, an eight-member CBI team went to the State Bank of India’s regional headquarters at Strand Road in the city today morning and collected from its vault the video footage, laptop, pen-drive, mobile phone, and documents pertaining to the sting operation.
After this, they went to Calcutta High Court and collected related papers from the registrar. During the course of the day, a CBI officer also called up Naradanews CEO and chief editor Mathew Samuel who had conducted the sting operation. Sources said that Mathew was told that CBI officers would soon go to Kochi in Kerala to record his statement.
The CBI special team formed to probe the sting is headed by joint director AK Singh, and includes DIG Abhay Singh, and superintendent of anti-corruption branch Nagendra Prashad, besides five other officers junior to them.
The team would examine the 428 minutes long sting video and also go throw the forensic test reports on the basis of which Calcutta High Court had yesterday said that the footage were authentic.
After going through the footage and documents, CBI is likely to submit a preliminary probe report to the High Court on latest by 21 March. While ordering the probe yesterday, the Court had directed CBI to submit preliminary probe report in 72 hours.
This on a day the city streets were abuzz with multiple protests demanding suspension of all Trinamool ministers, MLAs, and MPs accused in the case.
Youth Congress activists staged a protest in front of Raj Bhavan towards noon, and in the afternoon south Kolkata district Congress committee took out a protest march from Hazra to Shakespeare Saranai.
The Left parties had hit the streets in Kolkata and other parts of the state yesterday, demanding the arrest of all accused and brining Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee under the ambit of the CBI probe.