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Narada case: Calcutta HC defers hearing, Trinamool ministers to remain in jail

Four AITC leaders were arrested on 17 May in connection with the Narada sting case that the CBI is probing on an order by the high court

The Calcutta High Court will not conduct hearing in the Narada sting tape case, which involves two cabinet ministers of the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal and two senior leaders of Trinamool Congress (AITC), on 20 May. 

The Calcutta High Court issued a notice hours before the hearing stating that “due to unavoidable circumstances, the First Division Bench will not assemble today.”

The leaders of the AITC — Subrata Mukherjee and Firhad Hakim, MLA Madan Mitra and former city mayor Sovan Chatterjee will continue to remain in judicial custody.

The four AITC leaders were arrested on 17 May morning from their residences in the city in connection with the Narada sting case that is being investigated by the CBI on an order by the high court.

Videos, witnesses in Narada case show 4 AITC leaders took cash: CBI sleuths

During investigation, CBI said it found two video files on Madan Mitra, dated 24 and 25 April 2014. “In the second video file, it is found that Samuel offered money to Mitra in the presence of Syed Tazdar Ali Meerza, and kept the bundle of currency notes on a bed in front of Madan Mitra, and said it was Rs 5 lakh. Mitra then asked somebody to pick up the money,” said one of the CBI officers cited in the first instance, quoting details of the charge sheet filed on 17 May. This person asked not to be named.

On Sovan Chatterje, the CBI officers said it has two video files, dated 16 April and 1 May 2014. In the video from 16 April, Sovan Chatterjee is apparently seen sitting in his office chamber when Samuel approaches him and offers to support AITC in the elections. “During conversations, Samuel offered him Rs 4lakh in bundles of currency notes which Chatterjee accepted and wrapped in a small towel and kept it on his side,” the second officer added. Chatterjee quit AITC to join last year but left in March.

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