CBI officials said on Tuesday that they had not received anything so far in the 2014 Narada Sting case against Mukul Roy, who left the Trinamool Congress and joined Lok Sabha member Aparupa Poddar from the Trinamool Congress. However, the central agency sought approval of the prosecution against four others, including Shubhendu Adhikari, two years ago from the Lok Sabha speaker. However, the officials said that the investigation is still going on and no clean chit has been given to anyone. Officials said that the CBI had written a letter to the Lok Sabha Speaker on 6 April 2019 seeking prosecution clearance against Shubhendu Adhikari, Saugat Roy, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar and Prasoon Banerjee as they were all members of the Lok Sabha at the time of the alleged incident.
Shubhendu Adhikari was once believed to be close to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee but joined the BJP in December 2020 and defeated Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee from Nandigram seat in the recent assembly elections. He is now the Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly. The CBI has alleged that Matthew Samuel of Narada TV news channel carried out an alleged sting operation in 2014 in which Trinamool Congress ministers, MPs and MLAs were seen allegedly taking money from representatives of a company in return for profit. The tape went public just before the 2016 assembly elections in West Bengal. However, this did not affect the election and Banerjee returned to power.
The agency on Monday arrested West Bengal ministers Firhad Hakim and Subrata Mukherjee, Trinamool Congress MLA Madan Mitra and former party leader and former Kolkata Mayor Shobhan Chatterjee and filed a charge sheet against them. The CBI had on May 7 cleared the prosecution against him by the governor. IPS officer SMH Mirza is among the accused against whom the charge sheet has been filed and he is currently out on bail.
Officials said the CBI FIR has 13 accused named and no prosecution clearance was sought against Roy and Trinamool Congress MP Poddar, who joined the BJP in November 2017, as nothing has been found against them so far. Sultan Ahmed, leader of the Trinamool Congress, was also an accused in the case but died in September 2017. Minister Hakim in Bengal, who was arrested by the CBI, took to Twitter on Monday evening to allege that those who succumbed to pressure and joined the BJP today survived the arrest and persecution of the CBI.