Zoom News : May 17, 2021, 11:45 AM
Kolkata: The political temperature of West Bengal has increased once again. West Bengal ministers Farhad Hakim and Subrata Mukherjee were arrested by the CBI in Kolkata on Monday in connection with the Narada sting operation. Earlier, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee herself has reached the CBI office after her ministers and MLAs were brought to the CBI office. It is to be told that under the investigation in Narada Sting case, two ministers of Trinamool Congress and one MLA, besides former minister Shobhan Chatterjee were also taken to the office of Nizam Palace of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) this morning. Officials said a CBI team along with central forces reached Hakim's Chetla residence on Monday morning and took him to the investigating agency's office.The state's Transport and Housing Minister Hakim claimed, "The CBI has arrested me in the Narada case." We will take the matter to court. ”Let us tell you that West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar has approved the case against Firhad Hakim, Subrata Mukherjee, Madan Mitra and Sovan Chatterjee at the request of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Hakim was a minister when the alleged Narada sting tape surfaced.For your information, let us know that apart from Firhad Hakim, the names of Subrata Mukherjee, Madan Mitra and Sovan Chatterjee are also involved in this case. The four were ministers in the Mamata Banerjee cabinet in 2014 when the tapes were allegedly made. Hakeem, Mukherjee and Mitra have been re-elected MLAs of the Trinamool Congress in the recently concluded assembly elections, while Chatterjee, who left the TMC to join the BJP, severed ties with both parties.Significantly, Narada sting tapes were made public before the 2016 assembly elections in West Bengal. They were claimed to have been made in 2014 and featured individuals looking like TMC ministers, MPs and MLAs, allegedly taking money from representatives of a fictitious company in exchange for promised favors. The sting operation was allegedly carried out by Matthew Samuel of the Narada News Portal. The Calcutta High Court ordered a CBI inquiry into the sting operation in March 2017.