Bengal Minister Firhad Hakim Says Being Taken Into Custody in Narada Scam Case, CBI Denies Claim

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West Bengal minister Firhad Hakim on Monday claimed he was being taken into custody by the CBI in the Narada sting operation case even as the agency said it was for questioning.

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar had sanctioned the prosecution of former ministers and TMC top brass Firhad Hakim, Subrata Mukherjee, Madan Mitra and Sovan Chatterjee in the Narada scam.

Defending his stand, the minister had earlier said he was sure that “we will get a clean chit”. “I believe in the judiciary and I am sure we will get a clean chit. It is good that it is going to the court now and I will say my words and the judiciary will do justice,” he said.

The Narada scam made national headlines in 2014 when Journalist Matthew Samuel conducted a sting operation in Kolkata. In the purported sting operation video, TMC leaders were seen taking money. A police officer was also seen in the video.

According to CBI sources, permission was sought from the Governor to file a chargesheet under Section 6 of the Anti-Corruption Act against the four ministers. Finally, Dhankhar gave his consent.

This is a developing news story.

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