CBI quizzes IPS officer S Mirza in Narada case

22 Jun 2017

IPS officer SMH Mirza, whom then CBI named in the FIR with a dozen senior leaders of Trinamool Congress (TMC) in the Narada sting footage case, appeared before the agency officials at Nizam Palace here this afternoon, an official said.

Mirza, a former superintendent of police of West Bengal's Burdwan district, was purportedly seen receiving cash in the Narada sting operation footage and, according to the Narada news website, he described himself as a "key person who collects funds for the Trinamool Congress". "Mirza has come to our office in Kolkata. He is being interrogated about his alleged involvement in the case," a senior Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) official told newspersons.

The investigation agency lodged an FIR on April 17 against 13 persons, including several state ministers, members of Parliament from the ruling TMC, and Mirza, a month after the Calcutta High Court ordered a preliminary inquiry into the Narada sting footage case. "CBI conducted the preliminary inquiry into the said allegations expeditiously. Inquiry revealed prima facie material for registration of a Regular Case (FIR) under the charges of criminal conspiracy to commit a crime (IPC 120B) and Section 7 and 13(2), 13(1)(a) and (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act," a CBI press release said.

The CBI sleuths have already questioned TMC legislator Iqbal Ahmed in connection with the case earlier this month.