The CBI arrested Ministers Firhad Hakim and Subrata Mukherjee, TMC MLA Madan Mitra, and former Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chattopadhyay; After Governor Jagdeep Dhankar gave consent to CBI for filing a chargesheet.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and other Trinamool Congress leaders reached the CBI office on hearing the news.
Ministers were arrested for taking money in the purported Narada sting operation. The tapes were released ahead of the 2016 state assembly polls. The Calcutta HC had ordered a CBI probe into the sting operation in March 2017.
“This is politically motivated. The party which lost the polls is now using the CBI to arrest MLAs and ministers,” TMC Lok Sabha MP Sougata Roy said.
The Narada sting operation was allegedly conducted by Mathew Samuel of Narada news portal.