The Calcutta High Court on Friday ordered a forensic test on the Narada TV sting tapes.
A bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice A. Banerjee passed the order while hearing public interest litigations seeking probe by an independent agency into the sting by Narada news done by its editor in chief Mathew Samuel in the video named “X Files’ that allegedly caught several Trinamool Congress leaders taking bribes.
The Trinamool claimed the tapes were doctored, but opposed the opposition demand for scientific tests on the tapes released in March.
So after this clean chit, the effect of Narada sting in fifth phase of Bengal election will be more hard hitting. The doctored video claims wont work out from now on for sure.
One of the most crucial phases which is to decide the fate of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the fifth stage has in fray, state ministers and party heavyweights Firhad Hakim, Subrata Mukherjee, city mayor Sovon Chatterjee and Iqbal Ahmed – four of those allegedly seen in the footage.
The sting operation purportedly showed over a dozen Trinamool leaders including MPs, state ministers and former ministers accepting bundles of cash in return for doling out favours to a fictitious company. Released barely weeks before the staggered assembly polls began, it set afire the already charged-up political atmosphere in the state, though all those shown in the video footage have vehemently denied any wrongdoing on their part.