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Narada: TMC leaders’ voices to be matched with those in video

Samuel Mathew, the editor of Narada News, had provided recordings purportedly showing alleged payments received by politicians and senior bureaucrats of the Bengal government

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Kolkata: The CBI on Tuesday conducted voice sample tests of TMC MP Saugata Roy and former Minister Madan Mitra in connection with the Narada sting operation case, sources in the central agency said.

The probe agency had approached Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, seeking sanction to prosecute Ghosh Dastidar, two other MPs — Saugata Roy and Prasun Banerjee — and state minister and former parliamentarian of the party, Suvendu Adhikari, in the case, officials had said.

Roy and Mitra are among the ten leaders and ministers of the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) who have been summoned by the CBI for the test.

The TMC MP from Dum Dum had earlier appeared before the Enforcement Directorate for questioning in the case.

According to the sources, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is carrying out the voice sample tests to ascertain the truth of a video, which had surfaced in 2016 ahead of the West Bengal assembly polls. If the sanction is accorded, the four leaders might be named in the charge sheet.

Samuel Mathew, the editor of Narada News, had provided recordings, which showed persons resembling senior TMC leaders were accepting money from representatives of a fictitious company in return for favours.

On Monday, the CBI had conducted the voice sample test of West Bengal Panchayat Minister Subrata Roy and senior IPS Officer SMH Mirza.

In the sting operation, claimed to have been carried out in 2014, some persons resembling senior TMC leaders are seen accepting money from the representatives of a fictitious company in return for favours.

The CBI had subsequently booked 12 top TMC leaders, including MPs and West Bengal ministers, and an IPS officer in association with the Narada case.

An FIR was lodged for alleged criminal conspiracy under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act dealing with bribery and criminal misconduct.

The maximum sentence for these crimes ranges from five to seven years of imprisonment.

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