Narada News CEO Mathew Samuel released after detention in Delhi
A division bench of Calcutta HC on Friday ordered an interim stay into the Narada sting operation probe till the next date of hearing on 19 August
New Delhi: Narada News CEO Mathew Samuel was on Saturday released after being detained by Immigration authorities at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here on his arrival from the US following a lookout notice issued against him by the Kolkata police.
Joint Commissioner of Kolkata Police (Crime) Vishal Garg told PTI, "Samuel was initially detained at the Delhi airport but was later released after being asked a few questions by the Immigration personnel."
A division bench of Calcutta High Court Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice A Banerjee on Friday ordered an interim stay into the Narada sting operation probe launched by the Kolkata Police till the next date of hearing on 19 August. The lookout notice had been issued before the HC order.
Affirming they would go by the HC directive, Garg said, "We respect the order of the hon'ble high court and will abide by the same."
Meanwhile high drama marked after the news of the detention spread, as Samuel's counsel Samim Ahhamed shot off a letter to Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajiv Kumar which said, "Hon'ble High Court put a stay on parallel investigation initiated by the Kolkata Police. Inspite thereof, as per your instruction, the immigration authority at Delhi has detained my client in violation of high court order..."
In the letter the counsel also alleged the KP has already commited contempt of court and said, "You are requested to take immediate steps to release my client from police custody."
Earlier minutes after Samuel's detention, Kolkata police was asked to approach the immigration authorities in Delhi with relevant documents about the case before he could be handed over to them, official sources said.
Former <em>Tehelka</em> staffers, who spoke on conditions of anonymity, said the timing of the Narada News sting was indeed intriguing.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday recorded the statement of Narada news CEO Mathew Samuel in connection with its money laundering probe.
The ED has issued summons to Narada news CEO Mathew Samuel in connection with its money laundering probe in a 'sting' operation where a number of Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders, including MPs and ministers, were allegedly seen taking money on camera.