Minister Subrata Mukherjee and Firhad Hakim, TMC MLA Madan Mitra and former leader Sovan Chatterjee were arrested by CBI on the connection with the Narada Sting tape case.
The chairman of the board of administrators of Kolkata Municipal Corporation said that he could not finish his job of helping the people of the city in the time of the pandemic. “We all are bad men but not Mukul (Roy) and Suvendu (Adhikari),” said Mitra.
Roy and Adhikari, who were also accused in the case, were not arrested. They were TMC leaders when the sting operation was conducted but now they are BJP MLAs. Chatterjee said, “I am not a dacoit. I have not done anything wrong that the CBI could enter my bedroom to arrest me.”
The Calcutta High Court on Monday night stayed a special CBI court’s decision to grant bail to the four. A division bench said it deemed it appropriate to stay the special court’s order and direct that the “accused person shall be treated to be in judicial custody till further orders”.
The Sting was conducted by Mathew Samuel of Narada News, a web portal in 2014, where TMC ministers and MPs and MLAs were seen receiving money from the representatives of a fictitious company in lieu of favors.