The governor allowed the CBI to file chargesheets against the then four MLAs accused in the Narada case.
The four MLAs are Bobby Hakim, Subrata Mukherjee, Madan Mitra and Sovan Chatterjee. The first three of them won re-election and became MLAs. Sovan did not stand for election. The first three belong to Trinamool Congress (TMC). Sovan left the TMC and joined the BJP. Later, he left the BJP also.
Among those whose names are on the list of allegations, Suvendu Adhikari is now a MLA. However, his name is not on the approval list. However, the CBI said that Suvendu was an MP at the time the case was started. In his case, the Speaker of the Lok Sabha will approve.
The question is, in that case, the permission of the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly was sought for these four MLAs? On that day, the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Biman Banerjee said, “The CBI did not give me any letter. The High Court had repeatedly asked me whether the CBI had sent me a letter approving the probe against the MLAs. I have always said that we have not received any letter.
Lawyer Bikash Bhattacharya, however, said, “Since the new Assembly has not been formed yet, the governor can give permission in this case.”
The question may arise, the investigation has been going on for so many days. That is the complaint of 2016. In the last five years, why was permission not sought from the Speaker of the State Legislative Assembly?
The CBI did not respond to this question. A lawyer for the central body said, “The matter is pending before the court. I will not comment on this.
According to a CBI source, the chargesheet could be filed in the court under Section 7 of the Anti-Corruption Act as per the permission given by the Governor on Friday.
Journalist Matthew Samuel came to Kolkata in 2014 in the guise of a businessman. He met with a number of political leaders and police officials at the time to do business in the state. Matthew took pictures of himself on a hidden camera while handing out advance money to everyone to take advantage of doing business in the state. He published the picture in the face of the 2016 assembly elections in the state. Matthew later claimed that the then Trinamool MP KD Singh himself had invested money in the Narad sting operation.
A case was filed in the Calcutta High Court in the Narad case and the CBI was named in the investigation on the direction of the High Court. Among the 13 people named in the case were seven Trinamool MPs at the time. Among them Sultan Ahmed died during the investigation. Among the remaining six MPs, Mukul Roy and Suvendu Adhikari left the Trinamool and later joined the BJP. Among the other four are four Trinamool members Saugat Roy, Kakli Ghosh Dastidar, Prasoon Bandyopadhyay and Aparupa Poddar.
According to a CBI source, the necessary permission to file chargesheets against the six MPs had been sought from the Speaker of the Lok Sabha a long time ago. That approval has not yet arrived. If that doesn’t happen and the chargesheet is filed in the court in the name of the three current Trinamool MLAs and Shovon, the political circles think that a new theory of political revenge will emerge.
Apart from those seven MPs, four MLAs were named as accused in the Narad case. On Friday, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar allowed the chargesheet to be filed against the four. In addition, the accused was the then deputy mayor of the municipality, Sultan Ahmed’s brother Iqbal Ahmed. SMH Mirza, Superintendent of Police of Burdwan District was present at that time.
In fact, this Mirza was one of the main accused and he went to various political leaders with Matthew. The only Mirza arrested in the Narad case was jailed. Such imprisonment of an IPS officer in any case in the state is unprecedented. Later Mirza was also suspended.