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Narada bribery case

Date: 18 May 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested three West Bengal politicians in the multi-crore Narada bribery case.

 

Background

The arrest comes days after the governor had given his consent for filing charge sheet against the accused.

 

Details

  • The accused were ministers when a sting operation showed them accepting bribes. The Calcutta High court had asked for CBI investigation in the case.

  • The sting was carried out by a former editor for Tehelka magazine, Mathew Samuel for over two years.

  • The video was posted on a private news portal known as Narada news. It took place just before 2016 Assembly polls in the state.

 

The sting operation

  • Samuel had started a fake company known as Impex Consultancy Solutions and approached several ministers and MPs with bribes for favours.

  • The leaders were captured accepting bribes in form of cash for giving unofficial favours for Impex Consultancy Solutions.

  • The owner of Tehelka and TMC Rajya Sabha MP, KD Singh had denied his involvement but was suspected to have supported the sting.

 

The investigation

  • The state government had initiated its own probe in the case against Samuel but was stayed since another agency was already handling it.

  • The Lok Sabha ethics committee also initiated a probe to check if the members were guilty of breach of privilege of the house.

 

Breach of privilege

  • Certain rights, immunities and exemptions are given to members Parliament as an institution and as well as individuals.

  • If these rights and immunities are violated, the offence is termed a breach of privilege.

  • The constitution has defined powers, privileges and immunities of Members of Parliament under Article 105.