A few weeks after the West Bengal governor approved accorded prosecution of leaders, the CBI Arrested 2 TMC Leaders and 2 others in the Narada case. After the arrests were made, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was quoted by news media to be challenging the CBI to arrest her.

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On Monday Morning, the CBI dashed at the homes of the TMC leaders and ministers and took them to the office for further investigation. The arrests were made on TMC MLA Madan Mitra, former WB Mayor and TMC leader Sovan Chatterjee, who had left TMC to join BJP in 2019 but quit the party this year. The other two arrests were made on Firhad Hakim & Subrata Mukherjee, both of whom were recently sworn in Mamata Banerjee’s cabinet.

These 4 ministers were part of the Mamata Banerjee government and were part of the Narada bribery sting operation that was shot in 2014. The Narada bribery sting operation was shot by a Narada news portal reporter. In the videos, as many as 12 TMC leaders were shown accepting bribes.

After the arrest, CBI spokesperson RC Joshi was quoted saying-

“The CBI has arrested two ministers, an MLA, and a politician in a case related to Narada sting operation… it was alleged that public servants were caught on camera while receiving illegal gratification from the sting operator.”

Mamata Banerjee Challenges CBI

Following the arrest, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee who lost her brother a few days ago, was heard challenging the CBI into arresting her. Sounding furious, she reached the CBI offices in the wake of the arrests made on two ministers from her cabinet and claimed that the arrests were illegal. “The way they have been arrested without due procedure, CBI will have to arrest me also,” the TMC supremo said.

Meanwhile, the TMC has alleged that the arrests made on their party leaders was a part of BJP’s revenge after suffering a defeat in the West Bengal assembly elections. BJP however denied all such allegations.

TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh slammed the current BJP led centre and said-

“Why isn’t Mukul Roy, vice president of BJP, being arrested? He was also seen in the Narada sting operation video saying that the money be given to a IPS officer. The BJP has become vindictive just because they can’t accept their defeat in the assembly polls.”

It should be noted that both Mukul Roy and Suvendu Adhikari were seen in the Narada Sting case accepting the bribes. Both Roy and Adhikari had since joined the BJP. After their joining the BJP their prosecution was somehow never sanctioned and they now are MLAs after they contested in the elections.

Biman Banerjee, who serves as the West Bengal assembly speaker considered the entire incident an undemocratic one and said how the CBI should have intimated before arresting a sitting legislator.

“Prior permission of the Speaker of the legislative assembly is required for it, but it was not taken. This is undemocratic,”

-said Banerjee.

To this, the Rajya Sabha MP Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya said that the arrests were in fact legal and those arrested were booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

“They have been booked according to the Prevention of Corruption Act. While taking cognizance, the court would see whether the crime has anything to do with the work of the assembly or the Speaker. If it has nothing to do with them, then no permission is required,”

-said Bhattacharya.

While this political tug of war is taking place, the TMC supporters have since been protesting at different regions in West Bengal. Burning tyres have been rolled on the roads to block them and area near CBI office is filled with TMC party supporters.

Later, reports came stating TMC leaders pelting rocks at the CBI office. On the escalation, Jagdeep Dhankhar, Governor of West Bengal said how the situation was of complete anarchy and lawlessness. Dhankhar also appealed to CM Banerjee to cognizance of the situation and stop it from worsening.