West Bengal is as soon as once more witnessing excessive drama simply weeks after the fever pitch elections as three of the highest TMC leaders and ministers obtained arrested and CM Mamata Banerjee challenged the CBI to arrest her as nicely.
Although Monday’s daylong drama ended with the Calcutta High Court refusing to give bail to the three arrested TMC heavyweights Firhad Hakim, Subrata Mukherjee and Madan Mitra, it resumed on Tuesday morning with three of the 4 arrested being rushed to hospitals.
The 4 Bengal leaders Firhad Hakim, Subrata Mukherjee, Madan Mitra and Sovan Chatterjee have been taken to the Presidency Correctional Home in Kolkata late on Monday evening after their bail was rejected in the Narada sting case.
On Tuesday morning, former TMC chief and Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee and TMC MLA Madan Mitra complained of uneasiness and discomfort and have been admitted to the SSKM Hospital’s Woodburn Ward.
Subrata Mukherjee being taken to the SSKM Hospital. (ANI)
A number of hours later, Subrata Mukherjee too complained of uneasiness and was additionally taken to the SSKM Hospital whereas Firhad Hakim remained on the Presidency jail.
Raid, arrest, bail and again in jail
Early on Monday, the day began in Kolkata with the information of minister Firhad Hakim being picked up by the CBI from his south Kolkata residence. Soon, it emerged that CBI had carried out parallel raids on three TMC leaders and Sovan Chatterjee, a former minister.
The 4 have been arrested by CBI in its probe on the Narada sting operation case that was performed by journalist Mathew Samuel in 2014 by which a bunch of TMC leaders surfaced have been accused of taking enormous bribes. The tapes have been made public simply earlier than the 2016 meeting elections in West Bengal.
The 4 leaders have been taken to the CBI workplace at Nizam Palace within the coronary heart of Kolkata at the same time as lots of of TMC supporters began protesting on the roads and jostled with the central forces as they took away Firhad Hakim.
TMC supporters and a number of leaders quickly reached the CBI workplace and began protesting exterior the gates. Within minutes, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reached the CBI workplace and challenged the probe company to arrest her as nicely.
Mamata Banerjee left the CBI campus after 6 hours. (PTI)
While Mamata Banerjee stayed put inside the CBI office premises, lots of of TMC supporters began pelting stones on the constructing because the safety personnel tried to management the group.
After six hours of sitting contained in the CBI campus, Mamata Banerjee lastly exited the constructing on Monday night at the same time as TMC supporters continued with their protests exterior and additionally in entrance of Raj Bhawan.
Later throughout a digital listening to after CBI submitted its chargesheet, particular CBI decide Anupam Mukherjee (*3*) after listening to their attorneys and the counsel for the company.
Later at evening, the Calcutta High Court rejected the bail. The 4 leaders have been then taken to the Presidency correctional facility with their households ready exterior.
Firhad Hakim in tears
While being taken to the CBI workplace, Firhad Hakim stated, “I have full faith in the judiciary. The BJP can employ anybody to harass me.”
Firhad Hakim, who can also be the chairman of the board of directors of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), began sobbing whereas saying that he couldn’t end his job of serving to the individuals of Kolkata within the time of the pandemic.
On the opposite hand, Madan Mitra reminded that now former TMC leaders Mukul Roy and Suvendu Adhikari, who at the moment are in BJP have been additionally accused in the identical Narada sting case. “We all are bad men but not Mukul (Roy) and Suvendu (Adhikari),” stated Madan Mitra.
Sovan Chatterjee, who give up TMC and joined BJP solely to later resign once more, stated, “I am not a dacoit. I have not done anything wrong that the CBI could enter my bedroom to arrest me.”
Protests throughout Bengal
Protests gripped numerous components of Bengal, which not too long ago gave a thumping victory and a 3rd time period to Trinamool Congress. TMC staff held fierce demonstrations throughout Bengal on Monday in protest in opposition to the arrests.
TMC staff have been seen squatting on the highway exterior the CBI workplace and shouting slogans of ‘Hai Hai CBI’, ‘Hai Hai BJP’ until late evening.