Narada News editor-in-chief Mathew Samuel has submitted the original footage and the device used to record Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders taking bribe in the X Files sting operation to a three-member committee constituted by Calcutta High Court. Hearing three PILs, the court had earlier asked Samuel to submit these before the court.
The tapes and the recording devices were handed over to the panel consisting of Jayanta Koley, Registrar, Calcutta High Court, Anil Kumar, IGP and member secretary of West Bengal Police recruitment board and Nagendra Prasad, SP, CBI, ACB, Calcutta.
The two judge Bench comprising Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice A Banerjee had ordered the setting up of a three member panel to secure the tapes and other material from Samuel.
The materials were handed over the committee at Banga Bhawan in New Delhi on Monday evening. The entire proceedings were video-taped.
Samuel had informed the court earlier that he is ready to hand over the tapes and other material, but expressed inability to submit the same in person to the court, as he feared for his life and safety.
In a major expose, Narada News had on March 14 published ‘X files’ which showed 10 Trinamool Congress leaders accepting bundles of cash in return for favours to a fictitious company. Other than TMC MPs, five MLAs, including ministers and a senior police officer can be seen promising to extend all help in the sting video, including issuing recommendation letters and lobbying for the Chennai-based fictitious company.