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CBI records voice sample of Poddar & Sovan Chatterjee

CBI records voice sample of Poddar & Sovan Chatterjee

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday recorded the voice samples of TMC MP Aparupa Poddar and ex-TMC MLA Sovan Chatterjee at the agency offices in Kolkata's Nizam Palace, in connection with the Narada sting operation case.

As per directions of the Supreme Court of India, the CBI had earlier summoned 11 accused to record their voice samples for investigation in the case.

In addition to Poddar, the list included leaders such as former TMC MP Sultan Ahmed and current Transport Minister in the West Bengal government, Suvendu Adhikary among others. Sources said that Adhikary is to appear before agency officials to record his voice sample on Thursday.

Earlier, the CBI had sought sanction to prosecute Adhikary and three TMC MPs - Prasun Banerjee, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar and Saugata Roy in the case from Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.

The case pertains to a series of videos that were released by Narada News in the run up to the 2016 Assembly polls in the state.

The videos purportedly showed several TMC leaders demanding and accepting bribes. However, the implicated leaders have maintained that the sting operator, Mathew Samuel, owner and Editor of Narada News, had pretended to donate to their election campaign and that the money was not a bribe.

Interestingly, while the tapes show an IPS officer accepting a bribe on behalf of now-BJP leader Mukul Roy, the agency has not yet sought sanction to prosecute him.

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