The investigation into Narada scam is gaining momentum after the arrest of IPS officer SMH Mirza. On Saturday, Mirza was confronted with BJP leader Mukul Roy. Based on Mirza’s statement, CBI recreated the money trail scene at the BJP leader’s residence on Sunday. Sources say Mirza’s statement to CBI is turning out to crucial for the investigation. Republic TV has learnt from reliable sources that Mirza has pinned the blame on Mukul Roy. Sources have told that Mirza has told CBI that he received the money at Mukul Roy’s residence.
Mukul Roy asked me to take the money from Samuel as he himself did not want to take it… So I collected it on his behalf and gave it to Roy at his residence,” Mirza has told CBI.
On the other hand, BJP leader Mukul Roy maintains that he hasn’t taken any money.
“It is a process of investigation. They are reconstructing at all places of occurrence. They could not do it earlier. Today they did it at my residence. I have not taken any money in Narada scam nor has there been any video. It is a conspiracy against me," Roy said speaking to reporters in Kolkata.
In the sting operation conducted by journalist Mathew Samuel of Narada News portal, Mirza was seen accepting Rs 5 lakh in cash from a businessman in one of the footages. The former Burdwan SP had apparently claimed in the video that he was receiving the cash on Roy's instructions.
The sting operation was allegedly carried out in 2014 and was aired just ahead of the West Bengal polls in 2016. CBI has also approached Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and sought sanction to prosecute three sitting Trinamool Congress MPs - Saugata Roy, Kakoli Ghosh and Prasun Banerjee - and a former parliamentarian of the party - Suvendu Adhikari - in the Narada sting operation case.
According to sources, the CBI will file a chargesheet naming all the four leaders as soon as the sanction is granted by the Lok Sabha Speaker. All the four leaders were named as accused in the CBI FIR filed on April 16, 2017.