Calcutta High Court on Tuesday directed the respondents to file an affidavit by 27th of this month. The order came a day after Mathew Samuel, the editor –in–chief of the naradanews.com handed over the original footage to the High Court appointed Committee in New Delhi.
The Court said there was no logic that the footage was recorded two years ago and hence the people seen as accepting bribes should not be punished, does not carry weight. Chief Justice Manjula Chellur observed that public faith is of utmost importance. “Truth must come out, whether the footage is original or doctored.”
The court also said the matter involves public faith and hence should be heard quickly. “Delay will create suspense”. The revelation has a huge impact upon the society . The court directed that the footage submitted by Samuel be sent for forensic examination.
Three separate PILs were filed in the Calcutta High Court seeking an inquiry into the sting video released by naradanews.com.
NaradaNews X Files sting video showed a slew of Trinamool Congress leaders, lawmakers and legislators accepting money from Samuel to help his fictitious company.
Samuel had handed over the original footage and the recording device to the court appointed panel in New Delhi on Monday. The three member committee was constituted by the court after Samuel had cited security reasons for not submitting the material to the Calcutta High Court personally.