New Delhi: The Supreme Court has ruled that the CBI will investigate whether leaders from Bengal's ruling party, the Trinamool Congress, accepted cash as bribes, as alleged by a the local news website, which filmed the alleged corruption . The top court today offered strong criticism of the government of Mamata Banerjee and said its appeal to stop the CBI from handling the inquiry was "unfortunate". Last week, the Calcutta High Court said the country's premier investigating agency must study the "sting", conducted by a local news website, Narada News.
Here are some latest developments in the case:
1. CBI has given a month to examine the footage and devices like pen drives and determine if there is enough material to merit a First Information Report, which underlines the basic charges and evidence against the players.
2. The "Nadara sting tapes" were released to news channels before last year's state elections in West Bengal, which saw Ms Banerjee being re-elected with a huge lead.
3. The sting video showed people resembling 11 Trinamool ministers and leaders accepting cash from Nadara journalists who posed as the representative of a fictitious copany seeking favours from the government.
4. The Trinamoo has described the footage as doctored and a smear campaign.
5. But the High Court last week said that a forensic lab had reported that the footage is genuine.
6. Mathew Samuel, the editor of Nadara News, told the court that the recordings were done using an iPhone.
7. The Hgh Court has said theat the state police's role in the investigation amounted to that of "uppets on a string" controlled at its command.
8. Challenging the CBI inquiery , Ms Banerjee's government said that it was unfortunate that what High Court had ordered was exactly what the state BJP President Dilip Ghosh said after the UP election results were declared. Its lawer's had to apologize today for alleging bias by High Court.
9. The Trinamool Congress has recently been signed by the arrested of two senior leaders for alleged involvement in a Ponzi Scheme called the Rose Valley Chit Fund in which samll-time investors were gypped of saving through an unregulated fund.
10. Prior to this, leaders like Madan Mitra and Sandhir Agarwal from Trinamool have been accused of close links to the Saradha Group, a conglomerate that went bust in 2013, wiping out as much as $3.7 billion in deposits from mostly low-income families.
Saradha had some Trinamool MPs on its Payroll.