The Calcutta High Court on Friday ordered the CBI to conduct a preliminary inquiry into the Narada sting footage case, in which prominent leaders of West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress were purportedly seen taking money.
Acting Chief Justice Nishita Mhatre and Justice T Chakraborty have asked the CBI to conduct a preliminary inquiry within the next 72 hours, reported Hindustan Times.
The Court also directed disciplinary proceedings against SMH Mirza, senior police officer, who was seen accepting cash on camera in the Narada videos.
Mamata defended her ministers and said that the BJP is behind the sting operation.
Welcoming the high court order, the Opposition parties sought the removal of the "tainted" Trinamul ministers from Ms Banerjee's government. "The chief minister should also be brought under the purview of the investigation as it is her party leaders and cabinet ministers who are involved in the scam", Surya Kanta Mishra, CPI (M) state secretary, said while addressing the rally.
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Meanwhile, counsels of the accused said that they are moving to the Supreme Court on Saturday against the verdict. "It must be only a few lakhs taken as donation during the polls".
The Narada sting operation unfolded in March 2016, after a website, Naradanews.com, broke the story, just days before the West Bengal Assembly elections (which began on 4 April).
Terming the state police a "puppet", the bench said society at large demands proper investigation on the issue.
BJP National Secretary Rahul Sinha said: "This order is a victory of the fight against corruption", he said.
However, in August, the Calcutta High Court ordered an interim stay on the police probe while hearing the three PILs.