Mathew Samuel, Editor-In-Chief of Narada News handed over the Sting video footages to Forensic department on wednesday. Samuel handed over the Laptop, pendrive and the phone that he used to shoot the Narada sting operation
Last saturday, The bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice A. Banerjee passed the order while hearing public interest litigations seeking an independent agency probe into the sting. While the phone and the pen drive were handed over to a court appointed three-member special committee, Samuel had refused to part with the laptop, contending the committee needed to deposit the cost of the laptop before he can give them the device.
After Expressing displeasure over Samuel putting up a condition to hand over the laptop, the court directed him to personally handover the device to the CFSL director.
The CFSL has been asked to conduct a forensic test to ascertain whether the iPhone, laptop and the pen drive have been tampered/engineered/doctored or are genuine.
Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) at Hyderabad will have a more analysis on the footages in coming days.
The sting operation has been a major issue in the assembly polls with the Left Front, Congress and the BJP collectively gunning for Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is also the Trinamool supremo.
The Trinamool had claimed the tapes were doctored, but opposed the opposition’s demand for a scientific test on the tapes released in March.