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CBI officials visit Kol Municipal HQ to retrace records of Narada deal between Mayor Sovan Chatterjee & journo Mathew Samuel

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Kolkata | Friday, Oct 13 2017 IST
Probing the Narada sting operations, the CBIofficials, headed by SP rank Ranjit Kumar, today visited theheadquarters of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) in a bid toretrace the records of the deal that took place between KMC Mayor SovanChatterjee and Narada News CEO Mathew Samuel in 2014. The CBI officials believed that Mr Chatterjee, who is also the stateminister for fire brigade and environment, had taken Rs 4 lakh in cashfrom Mathew Samuel in 2014, which later came to be known as Narada sting operation, and the CBI investigation began by an order of the Supreme Court following a PIL. When the last reports came in the CBI officials had entered the officialchamber of the Mayor, which the investigating officers believed hasan ante-chamber where the deal was struck. Mr Samuel during the stingoperation visited the office twice on April 16 and May 1, 2014 andhanded over Rs 4 lakh in total to the ruling TMC leader.

However, Mr Chatterjee, who had been quizzed by the CBI and Enforcement Directorate ( ED) for more than one occasiondenied having taken any money from the journo. The CBI recently expedited the probe after the High Court directed andearly this week raided the city hotel of Trinamool Congress legislatorand KMC's deputy mayor Iqbal Ahmed in relation to his alleged taking money from Narada News CEO Mathew Samuel. The CBI officials visited the hotel in New Market area and began to quiz him regarding his involvement in the scam. It is said Mr Ahmed at this hotel had taken Rs 5 lakh from Mathew Samuel in February 2014 and later introduced many TMC leaders with the journo, disguised as businessman.of The CBI filed an FIR naming 12 TMC leaders, including ministers,MPs , MLAs and one IPS officer the beneficiaries in the scam. The CBI officials had alslo visited TMC party office at Durgachakin Haldia where the then MP, now state transport minister, SuvenduAdhikari had taken money from Mathew Samuel.

The CBI also quizzed former transport minister Madan Mitra recently because the central investigating agency is expected to file charge sheet shortly after the High court's directive to speed up the investigation.UNI PC KK

-- (UNI) -- C-1-1-DL0212-1091252.Xml

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