CBI picks up IPS officer in first arrest in Narada scam
Though the CBI failed to track down IPS officer Rajeev Kumar even after two weeks of frantic search, the agency on Thursday picked up a ‘consolation catch’ by arresting another IPS officer SMH Mirza in a different case. It is the first arrest by the CBI in the Narada scam
While Kumar is allegedly wanted for deliberately mishandling the multi-crore Saradha chit fund case to save the politically high and mighty, Mirza was arrested for his direct involvement in the Narada pay-off case.
Meanwhile, senior BJP leader Mukul Roy was summoned by CBI for further investigation into the Narada scam.
Mirza, a former SP of Burdwan, was remanded in five-day CBI custody by the Bankshall Court and was whisked away by the agency sleuths at Nizam Palace, where he was immediately subjected to interrogation process, sources said.
During his posting as the SP of Burdwan, the officer was caught on camera accepting cash from a sting journalist who posed as a prospective investor. Not only Mirza accepted cash in lieu of a promise to provide lands and introducing the “investor” to influential people who mattered but he was reportedly heard speaking to somebody over telephone about Rs 1.70 crore which he had already “received and transferred” to some person.
Though the officer appeared before the CBI on seven occasions, he repeatedly evaded posers and tried to mislead the investigators, the CBI told the court. “Every time he was asked about the Rs 1.70 crore, he said he did not remember anything about that,” an official said.
The Narada sting case created a nationwide flutter when it was released just ahead of the 2016 Bengal Assembly elections showing at least a dozen ruling Trinamool Congress MPs, Ministers, MLAs apart from bureaucrats accepting cash for favour from sting journalist Mathew Samuel.
Friday, 27 September 2019 | Saugar Sengupta | Kolkata
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