Updated: May 18
Four of West Bengal's prime TMC members, including two of the State Cabinet Ministers, were arrested by the CBI regarding the Narada bribery case, earlier this morning. All four got bail at CBI court.
Bengal ministers Firhad Hakim and Subrata Mukherjee along with Trinamool MLA Madan Mitra and ex-Trinamool leader Sovon Chatterjee were picked up from their respective houses by the CBI, early this morning. They were charged for the several years-old Narada bribery case. The central forces arrived at their homes and took them to the CBI's office at Nizam Palace, Kolkata. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee arrived at the office within an hour. She dared the CBI to arrest her too.
The state had just declared stricter restrictions considering the recent surge of cases. The lockdown had been effective across Bengal since Sunday. These arrests incurred unrest among TMC supporters. The gates of the Nizam Palace, guarded by the central force, were being attacked by the agitated crowd.
The journalist who had conducted the sting operation, Mathew Samuel, expressed his content with the action. He also mentioned it took him by surprise to see they left a few out. Political tycoons such as Suvendu Adhikari and Mukul Roy, both former TMC members who joined BJP later were not arrested. This sort of selective arrests by the CBI has been frowned upon by several political figures.
Bengal's Governor, Jagdeep Dhankad, however, expressed his views on the erupting situation. In a string of a few tweets, he mentioned that there was "total lawlessness and anarchy" in the state. TMC members have lashed out at Dhankad saying that he had no right to sanction the prosecution. He has mentioned that they signed the papers on the 9th of May, which was a day before the cabinet had sworn in. TMC MP Mahua Moitra has labeled this as a "totally illegal" act.
The session court has granted all four leaders bail on Monday evening.