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Narada chief, who stung Trinamool, says he fears for his life and family

Narada News chief Mathew Samuel says he and his family are being stalked, lodges police complaint.

india Updated: Apr 17, 2017 20:01 IST
Ramesh Babu
Ramesh Babu
Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
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BJP leaders holding a protest demonstration against the West Bengal government over the Narada scam in Kolkata on Wednesday. (PTI photo)

Narada News chief Mathew Samuel, who conducted a sting operation that has left senior Trinamool Congress leaders facing a CBI probe for allegedly accepting bribes, on Wednesday claimed a threat to his life and family.

Samuel, who is recovering from a surgery in Aluva near Kochi, filed a complaint with the Kerala Police, while his family approached the Delhi Police. The family lives in Delhi’s Dwarka area.

The complaints come a day after the Supreme Court declined a plea by Trinamool Congress, which is in power in West Bengal, to stay a CBI probe ordered by the Calcutta high court into the sting operation.

“Threat is nothing new to me. But now I suspect real danger. My family members have been complaining about this for some time and I took it lightly… I strongly feel some one is closely watching my movements,” Samuel told HT.

The Supreme Court order dealt a blow to the Trinamool as several of its senior leaders are already battling corruption charges.

An unknown vehicle followed his car for more than 13km as he was returning after consulting his doctor on Tuesday, Samuel said.

His family complained of being “stalked and followed” by unknown persons for the last few days.

“My family members are really worried. I told them to be at ease and not panic. I hope police will take some action,” Samuel said.

Samuel said he had been more worried after the high court ordered the CBI to inquire into the 2016 sting operation.

“My office staff, Angel Abraham, also said two strangers were following her for the last couple of days. I fear some people are out to eliminate the prime witness in the Narada operation,” he said.

A police officer said they had received a complaint from Samuel and would provide him security after examining his claims.

In March 2016, Narada News portal uploaded a series of videos purportedly showing senior Trinamool leaders, including former and present ministers, members of Parliament and MLAs, receiving money in exchange of favours to a fictitious company.

The footage was aired ahead of the state election but had no bearing on the outcome, as the Trinamool retained power in the state.

First Published: Mar 22, 2017 20:10 IST