Narada News Editor in chief Mathew Samuel’s stand requesting quashing of summons by Kolkata Police when the Calcutta High Court is already hearing the Narada News sting operation has been vindicated . Calcutta High court while hearing the Narada News sting operation named X files on several TMC leaders has put on hold the Kolkata Police from holding a parallel investigation till the next hearing. The next hearing of the case is August 19.
Earlier , Citing the matter to be sub-judice, Narada News editor in chief Mathew Samuel had urged the Kolkata police to withdraw the summons issued against him in connection with the probe into a sting operation that caught several Trinamool Congress leaders taking bribe.
West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee had ordered the probe to find if there was a “conspiracy” behind the sting. The city police subsequently registered a case against Samuel and summoned him for personal appearance.
“Since the matter is pending before the Calcutta High Court, I have yet again asked the Kolkata police to withdraw the summons,” said Samuel.
It was the second time he had asked for withdrawing the summons after the police issued a fresh summons on July 1. He was summoned for the first time on June 23 following which he had made a similar request.
Samuel also claimed that he was yet to get a copy of the complaint on the basis of which the case against him has been initiated.
Released in March during the assembly polls, the sting purportedly showed a host of Trinamool high profile leaders including state ministers and former union ministers taking wads of currency notes in return for favour to a fictitious company.
The Calcutta High Court which is hearing multiple litigations seeking independent probe into the matter, on June 24 ordered forensic examination of the footage and devices used for conducting the sting.