A file photo of CBI headquarters in Delhi (Mint file)
A file photo of CBI headquarters in Delhi (Mint file)

CBI makes first arrest in Narada scam, nabs IPS officer

  • Bengal cadre IPS officer SMH Mirza will later be produced before a CBI special court in Kolkata
  • The case dates back to 2016, when Mathew Samuel, the Editor and Managing Director of 'Narada' news portal, had released a sting video just ahead of the West Bengal Assembly elections

New Delhi: In the first arrest to be made in the Narada sting operation case, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday arrested suspended Bengal cadre Indian Police Service (IPS) officer S. M. H. Mirza. Mirza will later be produced before a CBI special court in Kolkata.

Last month, the CBI had reached out to Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla to seek prosecution sanction against Trinamool Congress MPs Sougata Roy, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar and Prasun Banerjee and one former MP Subhendu Adhikari.

The case dates back to 2016, when Mathew Samuel, the Editor and Managing Director of Narada news portal, had released a sting video just ahead of the West Bengal Assembly elections. Several TMC leaders, including MPs and ministers, were allegedly seen accepting bribes on camera.

In March 2017, the CBI initiated an inquiry into the allegations and based on the probe, the agency registered a case against 12 leaders, which included MPs and West Bengal Ministers, and an IPS officer.

An FIR was lodged under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act (PC) for alleged criminal conspiracy, bribery and criminal misconduct.

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