PMLA case: ED no­tice to Narada News CEO


THE EN­FORCE­MENT Di­rec­torate (ED) on Thurs­day sum­moned Narada News CEO Mathew Sa­muel in con­nec­tion with a pur­ported st­ing oper­a­tion in which sev­eral Tri­namool Congress lead­ers were al­legedly seen ac­cept­ing bribes. This is the first ever no­tice from the ED since it be­gan a probe in the case.

“He has been asked to ap­pear on May 18,” an of­fi­cial con­firmed to The In­dian Ex­press.

The ED took up the probe last month and regis­tered a case against 14 en­ti­ties, un­der the Pre­ven­tion of Money Laun­der­ing Act.

Sa­muel has also been asked to bring along or send his per­sonal fi­nan­cial doc­u­ments, those of the news chan­nel and In­come Tax Re­turns for the last three as­sess­ment years dur­ing de­po­si­tion, PTI re­ported. Sa­muel is not an ac­cused in the En­force­ment Case In­for­ma­tion Re­port and the ED wants to ques­tion him to get in­for­ma­tion about the st­ing, the news agency added.

Sa­muel has been quizzed by the CBI in this case ear­lier. CBI too is prob­ing the case separately on charges of al­leged cor­rup­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial sources, it is im­por­tant to in­ter­ro­gate Sa­muel to know the “pro­ceeds of the crime”, the fund­ings and how money was laun­dered by the ac­cused who al­legedly ac­cepted the “bribe”.

The 13 peo­ple against whom the case has been regis­tered are Madan Mi­tra, Mukul Roy, Sau­gata Roy, Sul­tan Ahmed, Iqbal Ahmed, Kakoli Ghosh Dast­dar, Pra­sun Ban­er­jee, Su­vendu Adhikari, So­van Chat­ter­jee, Subrata Mukher­jee, Firhad Hakim, Aparupa Pod­dar and IPS of­fi­cer Syed Hus­sain Meerza.

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