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BJP rebuffs 'political conspiracy' allegation in Narada matter, says CBI probe must be welcomed

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Rebuffing allegations of 'political conspiracy', the (BJP) on Tuesday said the (CBI) probe in the Narada sting operation matter must be welcomed.

Speaking to ANI, leader Nalin Kohli said registering of an FIR by the in the matter is a logical conclusion.

"The sting clearly showed the high and the mighty of the including the Lok Sabha, other forums, and important leaders collecting This clearly comes under the Prevention of Corruption Act," he said.

Asserting that corruption by anyone, within or outside a political party has to be eliminated, the leader further said that if the is probing the matter, it should be welcomed.

Resonating similar sentiments, another leader Rupa Ganguly said, "What will do now? She will just indulge in mere sloganeering like she did during No one supported her at that time. This time also she will do the same.

She has to anyhow prove that all the MPs are innocent and this entire thing is a conspiracy."

Ganguly further said that West Bengal Chief Minister has tried a lot to end this Narada sting operation, but now the people have understood what she is and how she governs the state.

With trouble brewing for the (TMC) as an FIR was filed against 13 of its leaders in the Narada sting case, Mamata yesterday alleged that a 'political game' is afoot.

"Name in FIR doesn't mean crime is proved. A political game is going on and the party will fight it politically," Mamata said.

The yesterday registered an FIR against 13 persons in connection with the Narada sting operation case.

The FIR has been filed against Madan Mitra, Mukul Roy, Saugata Roy besides Sultan Ahmed, Iqbal Ahmed, Kakoli Ghosh, Prasun Banerjee, Shbhendhu Adhikari, Sovan Chatterjee, Subrata Mukherjee, Syed Hussain Meerza, Firhad Hakim and Apurva Poddar .

The decision comes a month after the Supreme Court extended the time given to the for conducting preliminary inquiry in the case.

The three judge bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Jagdish Singh Khehar said that the investigation would go on against the accused persons in this case.

Kapil Sibal, one of the lawyer's for accused persons, pleaded to the top court for a Special Investigation Team (SIT) or any other independent investigation but it was rejected by the apex court.

The had on March 20 registered a preliminary inquiry into the case.

As per sources, the also seized laptop and spy cam used by the Narada News in their sting operation.

The investigative agency also named West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, MPs, police officers and ex-MLA in its preliminary inquiry.

Reacting to the court's order, Mamata said that she will appeal against the court order in a "higher judiciary".

Earlier in April 2016, the court had formed a three-member committee to probe the controversial tapes.

Narada News, led by its editor-in-chief Matthew Samuel, had earlier released three sets of videos of its sting operation, where top TMC leaders were allegedly seen accepting bribes from journalists posing as businessmen.

The ruling party had dismissed the allegation citing that the tapes are 'doctored'.

The sting operation video was released by the portal on March 14, 2016, just ahead of the West Bengal Assembly elections.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, April 18 2017. 11:05 IST