Kolkata, June 15 (IANS) Narada News CEO Mathew Samuel appeared before the Kolkata Police on Thursday in connection with an alleged extortion call to a former member of Parliament from Bihar and was being questioned, police sources said.
The sources said Samuel reached Muchipara police station here around 12.30 p.m.
“He is being questioned regarding the extortion call made to the former member of Parliament,” an officer from the Muchipara police station said.
Samuel was twice summoned for questioning in the case.
His company Narada News stirred a hornet’s nest by releasing a sting video footage that purportedly showed several senior Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders and an officer taking cash.
On Calcutta High Court orders, the Central Bureau of Investigation is probing the case and has since booked 12 senior Trinamool Congress leaders, including members of Parliament and ministers and an Indian Police Service officer.
According to the FIR lodged at Muchipara police station, the former MP was asked to cough up Rs 5 crore if he did not want the alleged footage of him accepting a bribe was not to be made public.
The call was allegedly made from a hotel in Machipura.
The police raided the hotel and seized a laptop with a picture that resembled Samuel’s.