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Setback for TMC leaders: SC refuses to stay CBI probe into Narada sting operation

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday refused to stop the CBI probe into the Narada sting operation posing a setback for Trinamool Congress (TMC).

Narada sting tapes were released to several news organisations ahead the 2016 Assembly elections in West Bengal, which showed the spectators resembling TMC’s senior leaders receiving money allegedly for giving future favours.

The top court refused to stop the CBI probe into the case as it didn’t find any merit in petition filed by accused persons to interfere in High Court’s direction for CBI inquiry into the sting operation.

However, Supreme Court rejected the plea of TMC leaders Suvendu Adhikari and Saugata Roy for an SIT probe monitored either by the apex court or the high court.
Earlier, the Calcutta High Court had on March 17 ordered a preliminary inquiry by the CBI into the sting operation. A division bench comprising directed the CBI to take possession of all material and devices related to the sting operation within 24 hours.

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