The Central Bureau of Investigation stated in a charge sheet filed just before the arrest of four Trinamool Congress leaders in the Narada bribery case on May 17 that it had not received the requisite permission to begin an investigation against other accused such as Suvendu Adhikari, Mukul Roy, Kakali Ghosh Dastidar, and Sougata Roy.
In the bribery case, the central investigation agency had arrested ministers Firhad Hakim and Subrata Mukherjee, TMC MLA Madan Mitra, and former Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chattopadhyay, who had filed the charge sheet before the Special CBI court Judge.
The CBI told the court that it did not receive the requisite sanction for prosecution from a competent authority because the crime occurred in 2014, when Adhikari and Mukul Roy, as well as other accused including TMC leaders Kakali Ghosh Dastidar and Sougata Roy, were Members of Parliament. The CBI told the court that this is why it refused to file a charge sheet against them.
Members of the Legislative Assembly were among the other suspects detained on May 17. Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar granted the CBI permission to prosecute Firhad Hakim, Madan Mitra, Subrata Mukherjee, and Shovan Chatterjee, and they filed a charge sheet against them.
All four leaders were granted bail by a special CBI court on Monday. The bail was stayed by the Calcutta High Court after the CBI appealed the order. They will be handled as being in “judicial detention until further orders,” according to a division bench.
Following the arrest of the four, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, other TMC leaders, and supporters staged a protest at the CBI office in Kolkata.