A legal notice has been served to Narada News CEO, Mathew Samuel asking him to appear before the Special investigating Team (SIT) of Kolkata police within 7 days.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjay Ranjan Paul issued the order on Wednesday as per provision of Section 41A of CrPC and asked Samuel to appear before the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Economic Offence Wing of the Detective Department within seven days of the receipt of the notice.
The order relates to the case lodged against Samuel by Kolkata Mayor and Fire and Emergency Services Minister Sovan Chattopadhyay’s wife Ratna Chattopadhyay.
The court said that Samuel’s presence is required before the Investigating Officer as he is acquainted with the facts and circumstances of the case.
It may be mentioned that the SIT which was formed by the state government to probe into the Narada scam had served summons twice to the Samuel but he did not turn up before the SIT. As a result of this the Kolkata police appealed to the Bankshall Court seeking permission to interrogate Samuels in connection with the probe.
After getting permission from the court the Kolkata police have served legal notice to Samuel on Thursday, asking him to appear before the Kolkata police. In the previous two occasions Samuel did not turn up before the SIT citing a cause that he would not appear before the SIT as the matter was under the consideration of the Calcutta High Court.
It now remains to be seen after a city court on Thursday allowed the Kolkata policy to issue a legal notice to Samuel. It may be mentioned that Narada sting operation created a flutter after the video caught some Trinamool Congress leaders taking money. To stand clear from any sort of allegation against the party leaders the Mamata Banerjee government had ordered probe into the Narada sting operation following which a SIT was formed with the Kolkata police commissioner as the head of the team.