Narada sting: HC forms three-member committee
Calcutta High Court on Monday formed a three-member committee to collect the raw footage of the sting operation in which Trinamool Congress leaders were filmed collecting money from Narada News.
The three member committee is comprised of an officer of Inspector General (IG) of the state police, a senior officer of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from Kolkata and a senior official of the Calcutta High Court.
As per the Court’s order, the IG rank officer will be selected by the Director General of Police (DGP). The DIG of CBI in Kolkata will be the member from the Central investigating agency or else he may nominate a senior officer from the agency.
The members of the team will go to Delhi to collect the raw video footages and devices used in the sting operation from Mathew Samuel of Narada news.
The Court directed the committee to maintain total secrecy on collection of video footage.
It may be mentioned that the Court had directed Narada News to hand over the video footages and the devices along with an affidavit stating that the sting operation in which Trinamool Congress leaders were filmed is genuine and not a doctored one.
On April 5, counsel of Narada News had submitted before the Court their inability to present the video footage for security reasons.
Three days later, the Court directed that on Monday the decision will be taken that to whom Narada News will be handing over the raw video footage.
The counsel of the agency, Biman Chatterjee had pleaded before the Court to allow to handover the video footage to any investigating agency in Delhi.
Objecting the plea, Kalyan Banerjee, the counsel of some of Trinamool Congress leaders, had submitted that Narada News should not hand over the video footage to CBI in Delhi as it is allegedly being controlled by the BJP government.
On Monday, too, Banerjee submitted that the video footages should not be handed over to the members of the committee in the office of CBI in Delhi.
Following the direction of March 22, Narada News had submitted an affidavit before the court containing details of Samuel.
The Court had asked to file the affidavit again with more information including the antecedents of the company, details of its owner, the date when the company was registered, details of its shareholders, the source of the fund to run the company, the date from when the sting operation had begun before 2014 and the places where the videos were shot.