Claiming that he was never involved in any unethical work, the state Urban Development minister and Trinamool Congress candidate from Kolkata Port Assembly constituency Firhad Hakim on Tuesday said that he would like to be alive till he was announced innocent in connection with the sting operation.
Stating that the former Prime Minister Rajib Gandhi was announced innocent in connection with the Bofors case only after his death, Hakim said: “I am once again saying that I was not involved in any unethical work and I will never get indulged in any such cases. I want the reality behind the sting operation come to light and I should remain alive till the truth is unearthed.”
Hakim was speaking during a press conference at Trinamool Bhawan on Tuesday afternoon.
In another important development in this connection, the Division Bench of the Calcutta High Court led by Chief Justice Manjulla Chellur directed to keep the pen drive containing raw footage of the sting operation and the mobile phone in which the footages were shot in a locker of a nationalised bank.
It may be mentioned that the Court had formed a three-member committee comprised of Anil Kumar, IG of West Bengal Police Recruitment Cell, Nagendra Prasad, SP of CBI’s Anti Corruption Branch and Jayanta Kumar Kole, Registrar (original side) of the Calcutta High Courts, to collect the footage from the Narada News.
The court had also directed the committee to maintain secrecy on collection and submission of the footages and devices.
The Committee had collected the 72-hour long footage from Narada News in Delhi. The pen drive containing the footages and the mobile phone were submitted before the Court on Tuesday and henceforth it was directed to keep the gadgets in a locker of a nationalised bank.
It was video graphed when the footages were handed over to the committee members in Delhi.