West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has started a sit-in in CBI’s Kolkata office to protest (Dharna) the arrest of four of her TMC leaders, provoking an unusual Centre-state confrontation of sorts. Banerjee rushed to the 15th floor of the ‘Nizam Palace’ where the CBI has the office of its anti-corruption cell.
Didi will not leave the CBI office- Anindyo Raut
Her spokesperson, lawyer Anindyo Raut told waiting media persons: “Didi will not leave this CBI office until her party colleagues are released or until she is also arrested.” “These arrests are politically motivated and illegal. Suvendu Adhikari and Mukul Roy have been left off though they faced the same charges,” CM Banerjee was quoted as saying.
The CBI on Monday launched raids and detained TMC ministers Firhad Hakim and Subroto Mukherjee and MLA Madan Mitra in its probe in the Narada sting case. Within hours, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reached the CBI office.
CBI also Picked former Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee
Along with TMC leaders, former Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee was also picked up and later arrested by the CBI in the same case. The TMC leaders were taken to the Central Bureau of Investigation office in the Narada sting operation case. A few days ago, Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar had given permission to the CBI for prosecution of these TMC leaders.
West Bengal assembly speaker Biman Banerjee on Monday dubbed as illegal the arrest of two Bengal ministers and others in Narada case, contending that the CBI action on the basis of the governor’s sanction was unlawful.