Kolkata, Mar 17 Opposition parties in West Bengal today welcomed the Calcutta High Court order on Narada sting operation and demanded immediate removal of "tainted" ministers from the state Cabinet.
CPI(M) state secretary Surya Kanta Mishra too welcomed the court's order but hoped that the "political match fixing" between TMC and BJP would not halt the progress of the investigation.
"We welcome the High Court verdict to conduct CBI inquiry on the #NaradaString. The TMC-BJP nexus must not be an impediment to conduct proper enquiry," he tweeted.
The Narada sting tapes, which were released before the 2016 West Bengal Assembly elections, had shown some persons resembling TMC leaders including ministers taking money.
The Calcutta High Court today ordered a preliminary inquiry by the CBI into the Narada sting operation.
The division bench noted that a report by the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Chandigarh, had said that the tapes were not tampered with.
Mishra later added that "unholy nexus" with BJP, had sheilded TMC from facing the Lok Sabha ethics committee, which was supposed to look into the allegations of TMC MPs accepting money.
Ethics Committee which did not meet even once in 10 months. The CBI investigation must be fair. The BJP government has to answer why Lok Sabha ethics committee has not taken any call on this issue," Mishra said.