Some of the names that were included in the FIR were those of Madan Mitra, RS member Mukul Roy, Saugata Roy and several other names of prominent leaders also featured - Sultan Ahmed, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar and Prasun Banerjee.
State Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim, Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari, Environment Minister Sovan Chatterjee, Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Minister Subrata Mukherjee have also named in the FIR, they said. The FIR has been registered under Indian Penal Code's 120 B andSections under Prevention of Corruption Act's Section 7 and Section13. While ordering the investigation, the bench said: "There is no other investigating agency besides the CBI which is "independent" and, therefore, it is essential that the preliminary inquiry should be conducted by that agency".
Describing the Central Bureau of Investigation's move as a "political game", Banerjee, who is also the party chief, said: "We will fight it out politically". Tearing into the chief minister's comments about the CBI case, he wondered why the investigation has to be tackled "politically". Later, the time limit to the CBI was extended to a month by the Supreme Court. Let them (CBI) first prove the guilt.
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The CBI today lodged an FIR against 12 Trinamul leaders and an IPS officer in the Narada pay-offs case, charging them with criminal conspiracy and offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The opposition tore into the ruling party.
Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury demanded that all the accused TMC leaders should be interrogated in the police custody.
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State Bharatiya Janata Party president Dilip Ghosh said the filing of FIR was expected. The probe is going in the right direction.
The controversy erupted in election-bound West Bengal in March previous year when Narada News portal uploaded video footage purportedly showing the Trinamool leaders receiving money in exchange of favours to a fictitious company. Referring to the contents of the video files, the CBI has alleged that Iqbal Ahmed had assured Mathew that he would arrange a meeting with Abhishek Banerjee, the nephew of Mamata. "There was no conspiracy in conducting the sting operation as claimed by the TMC", he said.
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