X FILES: Narada News to submit affidavit on Nov 2 about TMC sting operation

The Calcutta High Court has told Narada News to explain the undercover operation in detail as 'the footage caught on camera is just the climax'

While hearing the case related to Narada sting operation in which TMC leaders were caught on camera taking bribes, the Calcutta High Court has told Narada News to explain the undercover operation in detail.

The high court said: “The footage caught on camera is just the climax. Need to know the whole story.”

Hence, it has asked Narada News to file an affidavit giving details of the operation.

The next hearing  of the matter is scheduled on November 2.

Mathew Samuel, Editor-in-Chief of Narada News, said: ” As per the court order, I  will give details of the entire operation at the next hearing on November 2.”

Incidentally, the high court order comes on a day when the BJP decided to take on the TMC in a more aggressive way regarding Narada sting probe.

Indian Express quoted BJP sources as saying that the Lok Sabha Ethics Committee, which is probing the Narada scam involving bribery charges against TMC MPs, is expected to “move swiftly on the issue”.

The committee, headed by senior BJP leader LK Advani, had sought an explanation from five TMC Lok Sabha members, but did not take any further action. Now, a BJP leader said there would be “developments”. “The BJP will put pressure on the Ethics Committee to move swiftly on the issue,” the leader said.

On August 9, the Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Chandigarh, has confirmed that the tapes of the sting operation by Narada News named ‘X’ files done by Editor-in-Chief Mathew Samuel were genuine and had not been tampered with.

In its report, the forensic lab said the audio and video contents of 47 movie files (. mov) mentioned as under the column ‘Played in table 1’ (against respective serial number) were examined using software Media info, Forevid, Video Editor, Gold wave and Adobe Audition.

On the basis of the auditory wave form and spectrographic analysis of the audio and frame-by-frame analysis of the video, all the 47 movie files were in continuity. Tampering/editing has not been found on them, it said.

The remaining 26 movie files (.mov) mentioned as under the column ‘Played in table 1’ (against the respective serial number) could not be played with the software available in the laboratory.

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.

Take a quick look at the timeline of Narada News X Files here.