As many as 2 ministers in Mamata Banerjee-cabinet in West Bengal and one more TMC MLA have been arrested by the CBI in connection with Narada Scam.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday arrived at the CBI office in Kolkata, after two of her ministers and a TMC MLA were arrested in the Narada sting operation case.
On Monday morning, West Bengal ministers Firhad Hakim and Subrata Mukherjee, TMC legislator Madan Mitra and former minister Sovan Chatterjee were arrested by the CBI.
All four were picked up from their residences in Kolkata.
“I have been arrested. We will fight it out in the court,” said Firhad Hakim while being taken away from his residence.
Earlier, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar gave his consent to the CBI for filing a chargesheet against the four accused and sanctioned prosecution against them.
All of them were state ministers who were seen taking money in the purported Narada sting operation.
The Trinamool Congress has voiced its protest against the move and has called it “politically motivated”.
“As a lawyer, I can say that this is illegal. One needs to take consent from the Speaker of the state Assembly before arresting an MLA. The CBI only has consent from the Governor,” said Biman Bandopadhyay, lawyer and Speaker of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly.