'Will challenge Calcutta High Court order in Supreme Court'

The high court on Friday ordered the CBI to conduct a preliminary probe into bribery allegations against top Trinamool Congress MPs and ministers.

A Division Bench of acting Chief Justice Nishita Mhatre and Justice T Chakraborty asked the Central Bureau of Investigation to complete its preliminary inquiry in 72 hours.

A CBI source told IBNS that a special team of the Central investigation agencys anti corruption unit in Delhi will take the charge of Narada probe soon and the CBI will take raw footage of the sting and other evidences from the courts custody in the next 24 hours.

The judges also ordered suspension and initiation of disciplinary proceedings against senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer S.M.H.

Citing reasons for ordering the CBI probe, the High Court held that "the State Police, are at best, unfortunately, puppets on a string", and it is of utmost importance that the enquiry should be conducted by "a neutral and independent investigating agency".

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Welcoming the high court order, the Opposition parties sought the removal of the "tainted" Trinamul ministers from Ms Banerjee's government. When asked about the Calcutta High Court order today, she said, "I will not comment on this, we'll approach higher judiciary".

So, I am the one who knew all along whether the tapes were doctored.

Since Mar 14, news portal- Narada News- released several sting operation footage, where TMCs leaders, ministers, MPs and MLAs were shown allegedly taking bribes.

"We welcome the verdict of the honourable court".

The Narada tapes were released to various news organisations just before the West Bengal assembly elections past year. "It must be only a few lakhs taken as donation during the polls". But the police also registered a case for forgery against Mathew Samuel of Narada News who had made the sting tapes public.

  • Rita Burton