Kolkata police defies HC order: Narada Editor-in-Chief detained at Delhi Airport, released
New Delhi: Narada News Editor in Chief Mathew Samuel was released after being detained by the immigration department at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. Samuel was on his way back from Dubai when he was detained by the immigration department following a lookout notice issued by the Kolkata Police.
The Calcutta High Court had earlier stayed the parallel investigation initiated by the Kolkata Police, in the matter of Narada TMC sting operation. This order dated, 5 August 2016 restrained the Kolkata Police from proceeding with the FIR charged against Mr Samuel. Police had issued two lookout notices after the Mamata Banerjee government had ordered a probe into the Narada tapes.
“As soon as I reached the Delhi airport around 6.30pm, I was taken to the detention cell. Despite informing the immigration officials that the Calcutta High Court has said that a parallel investigation cannot be carried out for the time being,”said Samuel.
Samim Ahhamed, counsel of Mathew Samuel sent an urgent legal notice to the Kolkata Police Commissioner for contravening the high court order, which in turn resulted in the release of him on an immediate basis.
“As per your instruction, the immigration authorities at IGI airport ,Delhi has detained my client in violation of the Hon’ble High Court’s order. You are, therefore, deliberately violating the order dated 5 August 2016 passed by the Hon’ble Division Bench in the matter. You are already in contempt,” said the notice.
Kolkata Police asked the Delhi Police to release Samuel immediately, through an official fax.
Opposition party leaders slammed the brief detention of Samuel at the IGI airport.
“The desperate attempt to detain Mathew Samuel by Kolkata Police is a manifestation to hush up the Narada graft and save the real accused,” CPI(M) West Bengal unit Secretary Suryakanta Mishra tweeted.
The desperate attempt 2 arrest MathewSamuels by KolPolice is d manifestation of hushing up d NaradaBribery & 2 safeguard d accused!! Shame!!
— Surjya Kanta Mishra (@SurjyaKMishra) August 6, 2016
Abdul Mannan, Leader of opposition in the West Bengal Assembly also has criticised the act by saying that it only shows the desperation of the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal to hush up the matter at any cost.