TMC to sue news portal over doctored sting video
BJP on Monday presented a mysterious sting video alleging involvement of 12 senior Trinamool Congress leaders in taking bribe from the representatives of a company for giving favours two years ago.
Disclosing the video clippings, Siddharnath Singh, National secretary of BJP in charge of West Bengal said: “Trinamool Congress is corrupt from head to foot.” He, however, could not answer the question that why the video that was taken two years ago was being released now.
It may be recalled that earlier Singh and the party’s all India president Amit Shah had alleged involvement of Trinamool Congress with JMB. However, they could not produce a single document to support their claim.
Mukul Roy said that the Trinamool Congress would file a defamation case against Narada News that has alleged involvement of 12 party’s senior leaders in taking money.
Mukul Roy said that the party would give a lawyer’s notice to Narada News that had reportedly carried out the sting operation. “It is all bogus and a doctored video that has been carried out to defame the party before the election. We will file a defamation case against the group.”
Trinamool’s spokesperson Derek O’ Brain said it was a deliberate attempt to defame the party.” People in the state will give a befitting reply and on May 19 the conspirators will understand that people of Bengal do not believe in false stories,” He added: “The party does not consider this to be important at all.”
Trinamool leaders said that the video clippings were released on a day when the party was observing Nandigram Divas and the full Bench of Election Commision was in town.
CPI(M) state secretary Suryakanta Misra demanded that election in West Bengal should be stopped and a thorough investigation of the allegation should be conducted. WBPCC chief Adhir Chowdhury said: “Truth has come out.”
The sting operation was carried out shortly before the Lok Sabha polls. The news channel on Monday held a press conference in Delhi. It alleged that in 2014 before the Lok Sabha polls some Trinamool leaders had taken money from a fictitious company, Impex Consultancy. The company had approached SNM Mirza, the then SP of Burdwan. They approached Mukul Roy who refused to take money directly and asked them to give it to his office at 61, Elgin Road. They approached Subrata Mukherjee, Sugata Roy, Sultan Ahmed, Subhendu Adhikari, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Prasun Banerjee, Sovan Chatterjee, Madan Mitra, Iqbal Ahmed and Firhad Hakim.
Partha Chatterjee, Trinamool’s secretary general said that the news agency was registered in January 2016. The video is not clear and sheer misuse of technology. “ We believe in transparency and honesty and we are not nervous at all,” he said. Criticising Suryakanta Misra who had demanded Banerjee’s resignation he said: “People of West Bengal are aware of such conspiracy and we will give a reply in the ballot box.”
Rubbishing the video clippings Subrata Mukherjee said that “After failing to face the challenge politically, Opposition parties are trying to malign TMC. The video is concocted and false.” Mayor Sovan Chatterjee whose name has appeared in the sting operation said: “Any person watching the video will understand that it is false. The face of the person who is giving money has not been disclosed and only his hands can be seen. It is bogus and we are not attaching any importance to it at all.”