The CBI has approached the Supreme Court on the orders of the Calcutta High Court’s to grant bail and put four Trinamool Congress leaders accused in the Narada bribery case in house arrest. The CBI has filed a Special Leave Petition(SLP) in the Supreme Court challenging the High Court orders.
A high court bench has granted bail to four TMC leaders, including two ministers facing charges in the Narada scam case, and ordered them to be placed under house arrest. However, there had been earlier disagreements among the judges on the matter. The five judges then referred the bail petition to the tribunal. In their petition, CBI pleaded that they are influential leaders and could threaten witnesses and it also demanded to transfer all proceedings related to the Narada scam case out of the state.
Then, twelve TMC ministers, leaders and an IPS officer were caught taking bribes during a sting operation conducted by Narada News. During the 2016 Assembly elections, there was a sudden outcry over the release of sting operation tapes of ministers taking bribes.
The CBI last week arrested TMC ministers Firhad Hakeem, Subrata Mukherjee, MLA Madan Mitra and former mayor Sovan Chatterjee, who were accused in the case. Narada News founder Mathew Samuel conducted the sting operation for Tehelka, News magazine in 2014. The news was published on the Narada News website ahead of the 2016 West Bengal elections. It was a sensation at the time.