The Left Front took out a massive rally here today demanding West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee be also "brought under the purview of the investigation" and immediate arrests of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders "involved" in the Narada scam. Led by Left Front chairman Biman Bose, CPI(M) state secretary Surya Kanta Mishra and other Left leaders, the rally was taken out from Esplanade to the Moulali crossing. The participants carried placards demanding the immediate arrest of all those involved in the scam. "We demand that the CBI should be pro-active. It should immediately arrest the TMC leaders involved in the Narada scam.
The chief minister should also be brought under the purview of the investigation as it is her party leaders and cabinet ministers who are involved in the scam," Mishra said while addressing the rally. "The Lok Sabha Ethics Committee should stop shielding the TMC MPs and take up an active role. The CBI should be allowed to work freely and the political match-fixing between the BJP and the TMC should not affect the investigation," he added. Mishra claimed that the TMC "helping" the BJP to form government in Manipur was a glaring example of a "covert pact" between the two parties. The Calcutta High Court today ordered a preliminary inquiry by the CBI into the Narada sting operation in which, several TMC leaders, including state ministers, were purportedly caught on camera taking bribes. The sting tapes were released to various media organisations ahead of the 2016 West Bengal Assembly polls. A division bench of the High Court noted that a report of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Chandigarh had said the tapes were not tampered with.
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