ED registers money laundering case in Narada sting case

Narada News portal had uploaded video footage purportedly showing the Trinamool Congress leaders receiving money in exchange of favours to a fictitious company.

Kolkata: In more embarrassment for West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Enforcement Directorate has registered money laundering case in Narada sting case, allegedly involving Trinamool Congress leaders.

In the sting operation, which was claimed to have been done in 2014, persons resembling senior TMC leaders are seen purportedly accepting money from representatives of a fictitious company in return for favours.

EC's action comes after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) last week filed an FIR against 13 people, including senior TMC leaders who were purportedly seen taking money, in the Narada case.

The Calcutta High Court had ordered the CBI to conduct a preliminary inquiry into the matter. The order was challenged by the West Bengal government in the Supreme Court, which refused to grant relief on March 17 and gave the CBI one month to conclude the preliminary probe and file a FIR, if required.

The Narada controversy erupted in election-bound West Bengal in March last year when Narada News portal uploaded video footage purportedly showing the Trinamool leaders receiving money in exchange of favours to a fictitious company.