NEW DELHI: West Bengal noticed one other day of excessive-voltage political drama as CBI arrested two Trinamool ministers and one celebration chief within the Narada sting operation case evoking sturdy response from chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
Mamata Banerjee not solely led the protest in opposition to the arrests with a sit in on the CBI workplace but additionally supplied to court docket arrest.
Banerjee sat on a dharna from 11am to round 5pm demanding the discharge of the TMC leaders, who have been later granted bail by a court docket.
Outside the CBI workplace in Nizam Palace, TMC celebration supporters raised slogans in opposition to the BJP-led NDA authorities, and hurled stones and bricks at safety the personnel.
The CBI on Monday morning arrested state ministers Firhad Hakim, Subrata Mukherjee, TMC MLA Madan Mitra in addition to former minister Sovan Chatterjee in reference to the Narada sting case through which politicians have been purportedly caught taking cash on digital camera.
Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar had not too long ago granted sanction to prosecute all of the 4 leaders, following which the probe company finalised its chargesheet and moved to arrest them.
TMC activists stage protest
Hundreds of TMC activists took out protest rallies throughout West Bengal, thumbing their noses at lockdown laws, to protest in opposition to the arrest of two state ministers, an MLA, and a former celebration chief in reference to the Narada sting case.
Many of them have been seen demonstrating outdoors the central company’s workplace right here and Raj Bhavan, prompting the police to push them again.
The agitators, waving TMC flags, raised slogans outdoors Raj Bhavan in opposition to Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar.
At the CBI’s Nizam Palace workplace, the TMC supporters broke limitations arrange earlier than the principle gate and took to sloganeering in opposition to Union residence minister Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Some of them hurled stones and plastic bottles on the safety personnel posted outdoors the company workplace.
In a number of different areas, together with Arambagh in Hooghly district and Kamarhati in North 24 Parganas, the protesters burnt tyres and blocked roads, demanding quick launch of celebration leaders.
TMC seeks motion in opposition to CBI officers, says arrests ‘illegall’
The Trinamool Congress wrote to Kolkata police commissioner Soumen Mitra searching for “necessary action” beneath the regulation in opposition to the CBI officers who arrested three senior celebration leaders “illegally”.
Minister and president of West Bengal Trinamool Mahila Congress Chandrima Bhattacharya wrote the letter on behalf of her celebration and urged the town police chief to deal with it as an FIR.
She alleged that leaving its “independent character”, the probe company is performing on the behest of the Centre and arrested them on the “direction” of state governor Jagdeep Dhankhar who has no authority to offer such an order.
Bhattacharya claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah are behind all the episode.
They need to “malign our leaders in some way or the other as the BJP has failed to win the assembly election, she alleged.
Don’t know why CBI went to Governor: Speaker
Speaker Biman Banerjee said, “In the Narada case, the Calcutta excessive court docket clearly requested the CBI whether or not it had taken permission from the speaker. The court docket directed the investigating company to hunt permission from the speaker. But there was no communication from the CBI. It shouldn’t be that the put up of speaker was vacant. I used to be in my workplace.
“I don’t know, for a reason unknown to me, they went to the governor who gave them the permission. The governor cannot give such permission. I think this permission is illegal and to arrest someone on the basis of it is also illegal. The court will take its decision, but as a lawyer I can say that the CBI has not worked legally.”
CBI court docket grants bail to leaders
A particular CBI court docket granted bail to the 4 arrested by the central investigating company in reference to the Narada sting tape case.
Special CBI court docket decide Anupam Mukherjee directed that every of the 4 individuals must pay two sureties of Rs 25,000 every as bail bonds.
The 4 leaders have been additionally directed to fulfill the investigating officer within the case as soon as a fortnight until additional orders and to co-function with him.
Governor asks Mamata to comply with ‘rule of regulation’
Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar requested chief minister Mamata Banerjee to comply with ‘constitutional norms’ and ‘rule of regulation’. Dhankhar additionally requested the Kolkata police to manage the regulation-and-order state of affairs within the metropolis.
“Concerned about the alarming situation. Call upon @MamataOfficial to follow constitutional norms & rule of law. Police @WBPolice @KolkataPolice @HomeBengal must take all steps to maintain law & order. Sad — situation is being allowed to drift with no tangible action by authorities,” the governor tweeted after violence erupted in entrance of the gate of the CBI regional workplace at Nizam Palace on Monday morning.
Man behind Narada sting operation questions why Suvendu not arrested
Senior journalist Mathew Samuel whose brainchild was the Narada sting operation, stated he’s glad with the CBI arrests however expressed shock that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) didn’t arrest former TMC minister Suvendu Adhikari, one other accused in the identical case who has joined the BJP.
Samuel stated that steps in opposition to corruption are wanted and investigations ought to be truthful.
The sting operation was carried out by Samuel of Narada News, an internet portal, in 2014 whereby some folks resembling TMC ministers, MPs and MLAs have been seen receiving cash from representatives of a fictitious firm in lieu of favours.
Politically motivataed, say Trinamool leaders
Reacting to the arrests, TMC spokesman Kunal Ghosh claimed that the CBI motion was a vengeful act and a fallout of the BJP’s loss within the West Bengal meeting elections.
“The BJP is still not able to accept defeat in the polls after having made an all-out attempt to win… This is a reprehensible act.
“When the state is combating the Covid state of affairs, they’re making an attempt to create disturbances in such a fashion,” he said.
The ruling party MP Sougata Roy said this was a “vengeful and vindictive” decision by the central government.
“The CBI motion is politically motivated,” stated TMC MLA Tapas Roy.