The daylong drama that unfolded on Monday since the CBI picked up two incumbent West Bengal ministers, a Trinamool Congress (TMC) MLA and a former minister in connection with the Narada scam continued on Tuesday with new twists and turns.
Notably, the central probe agency arrested ministers Subrata Mukherjee and Firhad Hakim, TMC MLA Madan Mitra and former minister Sovan Chatterjee on Monday. Following the arrest, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and TMC supporters protested outside the Nizam Palace office of the probe agency, with Mamata challenging the CBI to arrest her as well. Stones were also pelted by TMC supporters on the CBI office.
Later, the arrested TMC leaders were produced before a special CBI court where the probe agency also submitted chargesheet. However, the court granted bail to all four accused. The same was immediately challenged before the Calcutta High Court, which cancelled the bail after which they were taken to the Presidency Jail.
While Monday ended with the TMC leaders and Sovan Chatterjee landing in jail, Tuesday started with a twist.
What happened today
On Tuesday morning, former TMC leader and Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee and TMC MLA Madan Mitra complained of uneasiness and discomfort and were admitted to the SSKM Hospital’s Woodburn Ward.
A few hours later, Subrata Mukherjee too complained of uneasiness and was also taken to the SSKM Hospital while Firhad Hakim remained at the Presidency Jail.
Narada bribery case
The Narada sting tapes which were made public before the West Bengal 2016 assembly elections claimed to have been shot in 2014. In the video ministers, MPs and MLAs were allegedly seen receiving money from representatives of a fictitious company in lieu of promised favours. The Calcutta High Court had ordered a CBI probe into the sting operation in March 2017.
The TMC and the BJP were at loggerheads even before the elections were declared. The BJP tried its best to clinch power in the state in the eight-phase elections, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah holding mega rallies. However, the BJP failed in wooing the voters and Mamata Banerjee returned to power for the third time in a row.
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