Kolkata Police interrogate Naradanews director in Delhi
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Kolkata Police interrogate Naradanews director in Delhi

Kolkata Police asked my colleague whether K D Singh wanted to keep the Narada tapes under wraps, Naradanews.com CEO Samuel Mathew told HT.

kolkata Updated: May 20, 2017 13:29 IST
Tanmay Chatterjee
Tanmay Chatterjee
Hindustan Times
Naradanews.com,Mathew Samuel,Kolkata Police
Angel Abraham was questioned for about three hours in a coffee shop in Delhi on Friday afternoon.(Facebook)

A Kolkata Police team on Friday grilled Angel Abraham, one of the directors of Naradanews.com in Delhi and asked her, among other things, how many times she and Mathew Samuel had met Trinamool Rajya Sabha MP, K D Singh. They questioned her at a coffee shop in sector 10 in Dwarka for more than three hours.

In 2014, Samuel conducted a sting operation in Bengal and caught on camera 12 Trinamool MPs, MLAs and leaders while they were accepting money from him. Samuel had told them that he was a businessman. The sting, now famous as the Narada scam, is being investigated by both CBI and Enforcement Directorate.

Read: Mamata Banerjee publicly defends the Narada accused

In 2014, Samuel used to work for Tehelka.com, a company owned by K D Singh. Angel, who was his colleague, visited Kolkata a few times in 2014.

The Narada sting operation has posed the toughest challenge to Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee since she came in power in May 2011. (HT Photo)

Samuel claimed that the Kolkata Police team asked Angel whether Singh tried to him from making the videos public. “They also asked her if any Trinamool leader contacted me after we made the videos went viral,” Samuel told HT on Friday evening.

Interestingly, the four officers from Muchipara police station who questioned Abraham, summoned her in connection with a case (No 52 of 14.2.2017) registered against Samuel at the police station. The case pertains to his alleged extortion of money from D P Yadav, a former MP from Bihar.

Read: Narada case: Mention of Abhishek Banerjee in FIR sends Trinamool in tizzy

“They questioned her for more than three hours but their queries were mostly related to the sting operation and not the case the summon notice mentions. They asked Angel how many times she and I met K D Singh. They wanted to know details of the places I visited in Kolkata and the people I met in 2014,” Samuel told HT from Kochi where he is recovering from three successive surgeries.

“Kolkata Police tried to find out if I regularly meet politicians, go to social gatherings and parties where political figures are seen. They even asked Angel about my drinking habits,” said Samuel. “To most of the questions that were not related to our work, Angel had no answer,” he added.

“On Thursday, these officers even went to a bank in Delhi, where my wife and I have accounts, and asked for records of transactions made in 2014,” said Samuel.

“Angel asked them why didn’t the team question me when I was in Delhi. Curiously, the officers told her that they didn’t want to disturb me,” said Samuel. The CBI and ED had also sent summons to Samuel and wanted to interrogate him this week. He told the agencies that it was not physically possible for him to travel.

First Published: May 19, 2017 19:34 IST