The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday registered FIR against 12 Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders, including MPs and ministers in West Bengal government, and an IPS officer for corruption in the Narada sting case where they were allegedly caught on camera taking money.
The agency has registered case of alleged criminal conspiracy and corruption against Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Roy, Lok Sabha MPs Sultan Ahmed, Saugata Roy, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Aparupa Poddar, among others, CBI sources said.
Others named in CBI's FIR over Narada sting case are Sultan Ahmed, Iqbal Ahmed, Kakoli Ghosh, Prasun Banerjee, Suvendu Adhikari, Sovan Chatterjee, Subrata Mukherjee, Firhad Hakim, Aparupa Poddar and serving IPS officer Syed Md Hussain Meerza.
An IPS officer has also been booked in the case, the source said..
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The case has been registered on the completion of preliminary enquiry (PE) by the CBI, they added.
The PE was registered on directions of a division bench of the Calcutta High Court, comprising acting Chief Justice Nishita Mhatre and Justice T Chakraborti.
In March this year, the Calcutta High Court had ordered the CBI to conduct a preliminary probe into bribery allegations against top Trinamool Congress MPs and ministers in the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal.
The Narada sting tapes, which were released to different news organisations before the 2016 assembly elections in West Bengal, showed people resembling senior TMC leaders receiving money allegedly for giving future favours.