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Narada scam case: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday arrested three TMC MLAs, including two ministers Firhad Hakim and Subrata Mukherjee in connection with Narada scam case. Another leader is Madan Mitra. The agency also arrested former TMC leader Sovhan Chatterjee.

Informing about the move, CBI Chief Information Officer RC Joshi said that the central agency arrested four then ministers (Firhad Hakim, Subrata Mukherjee, Madan Mitra and Sovhan Chatterjee) of West Bengal government in case related to Narada sting operation. "CBI had registered instant case on April 16, 2017, on orders of Calcutta High Court," Joshi said.

Opposing the arrest, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also arrived at the CBI office. Speaking to reporters, Advocate Anindo Raut said that he heard Mamata Banerjee telling the officials that there was no rule that without the speaker's and State government's permission one can arrest state officials. "You have to arrest me (Mamata) if you arrest my officials," Raut was quoted as saying by ANI.

The development comes just days after West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar sanctioned the prosecution of Firhad Hakim, Subrata Mukherjee, Madan Mitra and Sovan Chatterjee. All of them were ministers during the time of the alleged scam.

Informing about the sanction, the Raj Bhavan in a statement had said: "Governor is the competent authority to accord sanction in terms of law as he happens to be the appointing authority for such ministers in terms of Article 164 of the Constitution".

According to Raj Bhawan, the sanction for prosecution was based on a request by the CBI. It said that the central investigating agency provided all available entire documentation relevant to the case to the Governor and he invoked his powers under "Article 163 and 164 of the Constitution, being the competent authority to accord such sanction".

The Narada sting tapes were public just before the 2016 assembly elections in Bengal. The tapes were claimed to have been shot in 2014.

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