Kolkata Police has summoned IPS officer Saiyaad Mustafa Hussain Mirza in connection with its probe into the Narada sting operation.
A senior officer, who is part of the probe team, said the former Burdwan SP has been summoned for questioning “on the authenticity of the scam and his links to Narada CEO Mathew Samuel”.
The controversial Narada sting operations had shown Mirza purportedly accepting money.
Kolkata Police sleuths were also looking into any legal problems that may be faced in questioning the IPS officer.
Samuel on June 7 wrote to Kolkata Police asking it to reconsider his request to withdraw the summon against him in connection with its probe into the Narada sting operation, since the matter is sub-judice and under consideration of the Calcutta High Court.
On July 1, the Assistant Commissioner of Economic Offence Wing of Kolkata Police Detective Department had dismissed Samuel’s request to withdraw the summon and issued a fresh one asking him to appear within seven days, which ended on Thursday.
In his mail to Kolkata Police, Mathew wrote, “In response to your notice mailed to me on 1 July, 2016, it has been stated that a case has been registered at the New Market Police Station under IPC Sections 120B, 469, 505(1B), 171G, 500 (Punishment for defamation).”
“I have already responded to you that the matter is under consideration at the Calcutta High Court and I have submitted all documents, materials, original footage and all the equipment that I have used as per the direction of the High Court.”
“Despite my response, I have again received a memo dated 1 July, 2016 seeing my presence. In this regard I reiterate that the subject matter is pending for consideration of the Calcutta High Court,” he said.
The controversial Narada sting operation, which surfaced ahead of the assembly elections in the state, purportedly showed several Trinamool Congress leaders and an IPS officer accepting money for consideration.
An investigation into the Narada sting operation is currently on by the Lok Sabha Ethics Committee, while a case is pending on the issue in the Calcutta High Court.
( Source – PTI )