Kolkata: The Calcutta high court on Friday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to continue the probe against Trinamool Congress MP Afrin Ali in the Narada sting case.
The order spells more trouble for West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee as the Enforcement Directorate (ED), earlier in the day, registered a case of money laundering in the sting.
[blurb]The HC directive comes after Ali filed a petition seeking quashing of the FIR filed against her by the CBI in the case. The MPâs counsel Siddharth Luthra claimed the CBI had considered the video clips as gospel truth and had not asked her for her side of the story during the initial phase of inquiry.[/blurb]
The counsel further claimed that the video showed âAliâs lookalike receiving moneyâ and that the identity of the person needed to be investigated.
Ali is a Lok Sabha MP from Arambagh in Hooghly district in West Bengal. She was known as Aparupa Poddar earlier.
[blurb]The HC directive came in just hours after the ED registered a case under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) based on an FIR by the CBI.
On April 17, the CBI booked 13 top TMC leaders, including MPs and ministers, and an IPS officer in connection with the Narada sting operation case.
The TMC leaders against whom the CBI registered the FIR include Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Roy and Lok Sabha MPs Saugata Roy, Afrin Ali, Sultan Ahmed, Prasun Banerjee and Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar.
West Bengal ministers, including urban development minister Firhad Hakim, transport minister Suvendu Adhikari, environment minister Sovan Chatterjee, and panchayati raj and rural development minister Subrata Mukherjee have also been named in the FIR. Former state minister Madan Mitra, MLA Iqbal Ahmed and IPS officer Saiyaad Mustafa Hussain Mirza have also been made accused in the case.