Kolkata, Sep 27 (UNI) BJP leader Mukul Roy, accused of his involvement in the Narada sting operation case of cash for favour, today sought more time to appear before the investigating officers of the CBI, barely a night after senior IPS officer SMH Mirza was arrested by the central agency.
Mr Roy, who was summoned on Thursday by CBI for deposition for voice sample tests on Friday, failed to appear at the scheduled time today.
His representatives, including the counsels, arrived at the CBI office at Nizam Palace and handed over a letter requesting some more time as the politician was busy in party work.
Sources said Mr Roy was preoccupied with the visit of BJP's national working president JP Nadda in the city.
Sources said the CBI wanted to have a face to face interrogation with the arrested SP and the BJP leader after taking voice samples to match the sting operation video.
Narada News CEO Mathew Samuel conducted the sting operations five years ago in which besides the IPS officer, the then 12 TMC leaders were found allegedly involved.
It came to light in 2016.
However, two leaders former Kolkata Municipal Mayor Sovan Chatterjee and Mr Roy changed the floor and are now with saffron brigade.
Sources said Mr Roy has sought time up to October 2, but the agency was insisting on his appearance on Saturday ( September 28).
Senior IPS officer SMH Mirza was arrested by the CBI on Thursday and remanded to CBI custody until Monday.
This was the first arrest in the scam, which came to light in 2016 after the Narada News CEO Mathew Samuel did the sting operations.
IPS officer Syed Mohammed Hossain Mirza has been accused of taking wad of notes on behalf of several TMC ministers, MPs and MLAs while he was posted as Police Super of Burdwan district in 2014.
Mirza was arrested while he was summoned for the 8th time at the Nizam Palace for questioning.