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Narada sting: Bengal minister Firhad Hakim appears before CBI for interrogation

Narada sting: Bengal minister Firhad Hakim appears before CBI for interrogation

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 18 Sep 2017, 04:17 pm
Kolkata, Sep 18 (IBNS): West Bengal Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Minister Firhad Bobby Hakim on Monday appeared before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for interrogation in connection with Narada sting operation, officials said.

After being summoned, the senior Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader reached CBI office in south Kolkata's Nizam Palace at around 10 am.

According to CBI sources, cabinet minister Firhad Hakim is currently being quizzed.

Earlier in August,  Hakim was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the same case.

Since Mar 14 last year, news portal- Narada News- released several sting operation footage, where TMC's leaders, ministers, MPs and MLAs were purportedly  seen accepting bribes.

After getting direction from the Calcutta High Court and Supreme Court, the CBI has started a probe into the case.

On April 17, the investigation agency registered an FIR in connection with the case under several non-bailable sections against 12 influential leaders, cabinet ministers, MLAs and MPs of TMC and one senior IPS officer, who were seen allegedly taking bribes in the sting footage, reports said.

Besides CBI, the Enforcement Directorate (ED), has registered a money laundering case in the Narada sting and currently investigating the case.

(Reporting by Deepayan Sinha)