More trouble for TMC; ED registers money laundering case in Narada sting

RSTV Bureau
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a media conference on Army deployment at various places in the state, at Nabanna in Howrah near Kolkata on December 2.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a media conference on Army deployment at various places in the state, at Nabanna in Howrah near Kolkata on December 2.

The Enforcement Directorate has registered a money laundering case in the Narada ‘sting’ where a number of Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders, including MPs and ministers, were allegedly caught on camera taking money.

The agency, officials said, has registered the case under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) based on a CBI FIR. The FIR has been registered against 13 TMC leaders.

The ED is set to probe the ‘proceeds of crime’ generated in this case and issue summons to the accused for questioning.

A case of criminal conspiracy and corruption has been registered against Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Roy, Lok Sabha MPs Sultan Ahmed, Saugata Roy, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar and Aparupa Poddar, among others has been filed by the CBI.

The case was registered on the completion of a preliminary enquiry that was first conducted by the CBI. The preliminary enquiry was registered on the directions of a division bench of the Calcutta High Court, comprising acting Chief Justice Nishita Mhatre and Justice T. Chakraborti.

The Narada sting tapes, which were released to news organisations before the 2016 assembly elections in West Bengal, allegedly showed senior TMC leaders receiving money after promising favours.

Post the sting, Mamata Banerjee backed her ministers and alleged political vendetta by the Modi government at the Centre. Banerjee alleged that the CBI was acting at the behest of the Modi government to target its leaders.

(With inputs from PTI)