CBI officials said the agency’s application to prosecute four MPs, including BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari, had been pending with the Lok Sabha Speaker for over two years, noting that no one has been granted a clean chit in connection with the 2014 Narada sting tape case.
They said, however, that the CBI had found “so far” nothing in the case of another BJP leader from West Bengal, Mukul Roy.
On April 6, 2019, the CBI wrote to the Speaker requesting permission to prosecute TMC MPs Sougata Roy, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, and Prasun Banerjee, as well as Adhikari, who were all members of the lower house at the time of the alleged sting operation.
Adhikari, who was once a close confidante of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, joined the BJP in December 2020 and narrowly defeated Banerjee in his hometown of Nandigram. He is now the state Assembly’s Leader of the Opposition.