KOLKATA: The opposition parties in West Bengal today termed the decision of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to order an inquiry into the Narada sting operation as a gimmick to fool the masses and cover up the important evidences in the sting operation.
"This is nothing but a gimmick to fool the people. Everybody knows when SIT was formed during Sarada scam what was the result. Important documents where siphoned off and no major arrests were made. It was a CBI investigation that led to the arrest of several important leaders of TMC," leader of opposition and senior Congress leader Abdul Mannan told PTI.
"This investigation into the Narada scam is also ordered for the same purpose of covering up the incident", Mannan said and wondered why didn't the Chief Minister order an enquiry earlier and had termed the Narada sting tapes as false and fabricated.
Banerjee today ordered an enquiry into the Narada sting operation and put Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in charge of the investigation.
Kumar had also headed the SIT formed to investigate the Sarada chit fund scam when he was Bidhanagar Police Commissioner. In his reaction, senior CPI(M) leader Sujon Chakroborty termed Banerjee's decision as an eye-wash to fool the people and destroy the evidences.
BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha also echoed the view of Congress and CPI(M) and said if Banerjee really wanted a proper inquiry into the Narada sting then she should have recommended a CBI probe into the incident. "If she really wanted proper inquiry she should have called for a CBI inquiry," Sinha said. TMC leader and state minister Firhad Hakim, whose name has also cropped up into the incident, welcomed the probe and said he wanted the truth to come out. Earlier, the TMC had ordered an internal party inquiry into the incident.