The Governor of West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar on Sunday ordered the prosecution of four leaders of the Trinamool Congress — all the ministers during the time of the alleged commission of a crime that came to light in the alleged Narada sting tapes. Source- ZeeNews. As per a Raj Bhavan official the verdict to grant the approvals against Firhad Hakim, Subrata Mukherjee, Madan Mitra, and Sovan Chatterjee was taken after the Central Bureau of Investigation filed a petition.
Raj Bhavan officer's Statement "Honourable governor is the competent authority to grant sanction the law as he happens to be the appointing authority for such ministers in terms of Article 164 of the Constitution," a statement issued by a Raj Bhavan officer, read. The statement said that the approval for the prosecution of the four leaders was granted by governor Dhankhar "after the CBI had made a request and made available entire documentation relevant to the case to the honorable governor and he invoked his powers under Article 163 and 164 of the Constitution, being the competent authority to accord such sanction".
What are the Narada Sting tapes? The Narada sting tapes which were made public before the West Bengal 2016 assembly elections claimed to have got a shot in 2014. In the video, ministers, MPs and MLAs were allegedly seen receiving money from representatives of an imaginary company instead of promised favors. The Calcutta High Court had ordered a CBI probe into the sting operation in March 2017. The four ministers were a part of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's cabinet when the tapes were allegedly made in 2014.
43 MLAs of TMC will take oath as ministers in Mamata's Cabinet in West Bengal on Monday. The swearing-in ceremony of ministers in West Bengal will be carried out tomorrow. The list of the Cabinet of Ministers has already been disclosed in the public domain.