An irate Bengal chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, arrived on the CBI workplace in Kolkata immediately when two of her ministers, Firhad Hakim and Subrata Mukherjee, had been arrested within the Narada bribery case. Central forces arrived on the houses of ministers and two different leaders this morning and took them away in a dramatic escalation of the confrontation between Bengal and the Heart that had been brewing since Mamata Banerjee’s electoral victory.
The Chief Minister addressed the CBI workplace as a crowd of protesting Trinamool supporters gathered in entrance of her, rising by the minute.
Firhad Hakim, who was faraway from his dwelling shortly after 9 a.m. by central safety, claimed that he was being detained with out due punishment. Central forces additionally went to the houses of Trinamool MLA Madan Mitra and former Trinamool chief Sovan Chatterjee and introduced them to the CBI workplace. Sovan Chatterjee, former mayor and chief minister of Kolkata, resigned from Trinamool in 2019, joined the BJP but additionally resigned from that celebration in March.
Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar had sanctioned the CBI investigations towards the 4 earlier this month.
The president of the state meeting has to sanction the prosecution of the MLAs. However on this case, the IWC didn’t ask the Bengal meeting president for sanction, however approached the governor in January. The governor mentioned he had the authority to grant sanctions not as a result of the 4 leaders had been members of the judiciary, however as a result of they had been ministers who swore in for him in 2011.
All 4 had been ministers within the earlier Mamata Banerjee authorities when the Narada bribery tapes had been filmed in 2014. Firhad Hakim and Subrata Mukherjee had been sworn in by the governor as members of Mamata Banerjee’s new cupboard after profitable a 3rd consecutive time period.
The case includes a sting operation by the Narada information portal, during which Trinamool leaders had been in entrance of the digicam accepting bribes.
A journalist from Delhi got here to Kolkata, posed as a businessman planning to put money into Bengal, handed bundles of money to seven Trinamool MPs, 4 ministers, an MLA and a police officer as a bribe, and recorded all the operation.
The so-called “Narada tapes” had been launched simply earlier than the 2016 meeting elections within the state.
Mamata Banerjee’s celebration has questioned the timing of the motion towards Trinamool ministers simply days after her landslide victory within the polls that became a fierce status feud between her and the BJP.
Of the 12 Trinamool leaders within the Narada belt, Mukul Roy, who was then a Trinamool Rajya Sabha MP, and Suvendu Adhikari, who was a Lok Sabha MP, have since joined the BJP.
The prosecution of Suvendu Adhikari, now a BJP MLA from Nandigram, has but to be sanctioned by Lok Sabha Chairman Om Birla.
Mukul Roy has simply been elected BJP MLA. Nor has there been any motion towards him. Within the tapes of the sting, he was not really seen taking money, however despatched the operator of the sting to a police officer who was seen accepting bribes.
Sultan Ahmed, one other deputy, has died. The CBI has requested permission to prosecute Suvendu Adhikari, Sougata Roy, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Prasun Banerjee and Aparupa Poddar. Lok Sabha’s spokesperson has not granted sanction.