NARADA CEO Mathew Samuel Summoned BY ED

May 21st, 2017 | by eBangla Bureau
NARADA CEO Mathew Samuel Summoned BY ED
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THE Delhi headquartered Enforcement Directorate (EC) has   summoned Narada News Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mathew Samuel and asked him to appear at the Kochi ED office on May 24 for replying to its queries on the Narada sting probe involving several ruling TMC leaders. The second ED summon to Samuel who received it on Thursday as well. Earlier, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had also summoned Samuel for the second time in connection with money laundering sting operation.

Mathew, however, intimated the CBI that he would not be able to appear as he recently underwent surgery. The ED filed its case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after the CBI filed its case. The sting operation pertains to the secret filming of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders and an IPS officer while they were allegedly accepting money from representatives of a fictitious company in return for extending favours to it for investment in Bengal before the last general elections.TMC leaders against whom the CBI has registered cases booked by the Enforcement Directorate are include Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Roy, Lok Sabha MPs Saugata Roy, Aparupa Poddar, Sultan Ahmed, Prasun Banerjee and Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar. Bengal Ministers, including Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim, Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari, Environment Minister Sovan Chatterjee, Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Minister Subrata Mukherjee have also been named in the FIR.Former Minister Madan Mitra, MLA Iqbal Ahmed and IPS officer Saiyaad Mustafa Hussain Mirza have also been made accused in the case. Samuel had earlier released three sets of videos of the sting operation, where top TMC leaders were allegedly seen accepting bribes from journalists posing as businessmen. The ruling TMC headed By Mamata Banerjee have dismissed the allegation citing that the tapes are ‘doctored’. They alleged the PM was harassing them for political vendetta. The sting operation video however could not impact the assembly elections as the TMC has been voted back to power for the second term demolishing its main rivals the Left and the Congress improving BJP’s percentage of votes. The NDA Government is being criticised by the Left and the Congress for soft pedalling investigation into Narada, multi –crore Saradha and Rose Valley Scams involving TMC’s several leaders. The Supreme Court of India has directed the CBI to go ahead with the Narada Probe dismissing TMC leaders’ plea to stay it. Earlier, the CBI probe was Okayed by the Calcutta High Court despite objection by the tainted leaders.

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