Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s senior cabinet senior ministers Subrata Mukherjee and Firhad Hakim and two others, including TMC MLA Madan Mitra, have been arrested on Monday by the CBI in connection with the Narada sting operation case.
The anti-corruption wing of the Central Bureau of Investigation arrested ministers Subrata Mukherjee and Firhad Hakim, Mitra and former city mayor Sovan Chatterjee in connection with the Narada sting operation case.
The central investigation agency’s officials visited their house on Monday morning and brought the leaders for questioning at their office in Kolkata’s Nizam Palace.
All four arrested politicians would be produced in a city court later today.
They have been arrested under sections 120b of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections 7 and 13(1)(a) 13(1)(b) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankar recently sanctioned prosecution of the four politicians, who have been accused of the Narada sting operation scam five years ago in 2016.
“The CBI did not intimate us (about the arrests). If they have been arrested, it is illegal. The prior permission of the speaker of the legislative assembly is required for it, but it was not taken. This is undemocratic,” a separate report quoting West Bengal assembly speaker Biman Banerjee said.