In connection with the Narada sting operation case, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested two West Bengal ministers – Subrata Mukherjee and Firhad Hakim – as well as a ruling Trinamool Congress MLA Madan Mitra and former Kolkata mayor Souvan Chatterjee on Monday. On Monday, CBI agents arrived at their home and took the leaders to their office in Kolkata’s Nizam Palace for questioning.
Later in the day, all four leaders will appear in court. They were detained under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) section 120b, as well as the Prevention of Corruption Act sections 7 and 13(1)(a) and 13(1)(b).
The CBI was granted permission to prosecute them by West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar last week.
Chatterjee used to be a member of the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC), but in 2019 he switched to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He also left the BJP after being refused a ticket for the assembly elections in his home constituency of Behala East.
Meanwhile, in the recently concluded assembly election in West Bengal, Mitra secured the Kamarhati seat. “This is something we strongly oppose. This is a vindictive attitude,” said Kunal Ghosh, spokesperson of the TMC. The BJP has denied any involvement in the arrests. “We’re at a loss for words. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has nothing to do with this “Samik Bhattacharjee, the party’s spokesperson, said