Following the arrest of four Trinamool Congress (AITC) leaders, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on 17 May sat in protest outside the CBI office in Kolkata. She rushed to the 15th floor of the ‘Nizam Palace’ that houses CBI’s anti-corruption cell and asserted that she would not leave until the leaders are released.
“Didi (Banerjee) will not leave this CBI office until her party colleagues are released or until she is also arrested,” Banerjee’s spokesperson, lawyer Anindyo Raut said.
Meanwhile, violence erupted outside the office as well as other locations in the city as thousands of AITC supporters staged a protest. Reports of stone pelting at central para-military forces have also surfaced.
Earlier today, the CBI arrested West Bengal cabinet ministers Firhad Hakim and Subrata Mukherjee along with AITC MLA Madan Mitra and ex-West Bengal minister Sovan Chatterjee in connection with the Narada case.
The probe agency will submit a chargesheet and produce them before the jurisdictional court.
Besides them, the Prosecution Sanction has been received from the Ministry of Home Affairs regarding SMH Meerza, IPS (SPS), the then SP, for having seen to have received illegal gratification of over Rs five lakhs. Meerza, notably, had already been arrested and is presently out on bail.
BJP MP Dilip Ghosh has filed a complaint against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleging that she has instigated violence in the state.
The AITC leaders, former Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee was picked up by the CBI in the same case. The AITC leaders were taken to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) office in the Narada sting operation case and later were arrested.
AITC supporters have now started protesting outside the Raj Bhawan, residence of Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar over the arrests of ministers and AITC leaders.