Narada News CEO Mathew Samuel detained on arrival from US
The controversial Narada sting, which surfaced just ahead of the Assembly polls, purportedly showed several TMC leaders accepting money for consideration.
New Delhi: Immigration authorities on Saturday detained Narada News CEO Mathew Samuel at the Indira Gandhi
International Airport here on his arrival from the US following a lookout notice issued against him by the Kolkata police.
Kolkata police have been informed about the detention and asked to approach the immigration authorities with relevant documents about the case before he could be handed over to them, official sources said.
Kolkata Police had registered a case against Samuel on a complaint by city Mayor and Fire and Emergency Services Minister Sovan Chattopadhyay’s wife.
Chattopadhyay was purportedly seen accepting money in the sting operation video released by Narada News
Chattopadhyay’s wife Ratna Chattopadhyay had filed the complaint at the New Market Police Station against Samuel on the basis of which Kolkata Police Detective Department registered the FIR and started a probe into the sting operation,
He was been booked under IPC Sections 469 (forgery for purpose of harming reputation), 500 (defamation), 505 (statements conducing to public mischief), 171(G) (false statement in connection with an election) and 120(B) (criminal conspiracy).
The controversial Narada sting operation, which surfaced just ahead of the Assembly elections, purportedly showed several Trinamool Congress leaders and an IPS officer accepting money for consideration.
West Bengal chief minister while ordering a probe on 17 June had asserted that her party had not taken "a single penny" from anyone in the Saradha chit fund scam and the Narada sting operation.
Summoned by the CBI for his questioning of his alleged role in the Narada scam, West Bengal panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee on Thursday failed to appear before the investigative agency and sought another date for the purpose.
The Enforcement Directorate has issued fresh summons to Narada News CEO Mathew Samuel, in relation to the Narada sting operation case.
West Bengal Minister and Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee was grilled by ED for around eight hours in connection with the Narada sting footage probe