Kolkata, Sep 28 : BJP leader Mukul Roy, who skipped CBI's summon notice to appear by 11 AM yesterday at the Nizam Palace in the city, said he would appear around 3 PM on Saturday responding to a second successive notice of the central investigating agency.
The former No 2 TMC leader is among the 13 named accused in the Narada sting operations, conducted by Narada CEO Mathew Samuel who recorded the politician's assurances favour for cash. Earlier in the day, Roy had sought more time to appear before the investigating officers of the CBI probing the scandal.
The CBI on Thursday arrested senior IPS officer SMH Mirza, the first such arrest since the sting came to limelight in 2016. Mr Roy, who was summoned on Thursday by CBI for deposition for voice sample tests on Friday, failed to appear at the scheduled time today. His representatives, including the counsels, arrived at the CBI office at Nizam Palace and handed over a letter requesting that he be given some more time as the politician was busy in party work.
Sources said Mr Roy was preoccupied with the visit of BJP's national working president JP Nadda in the city. Sources said the CBI wanted to have a face to face interrogation with the arrested SP and the BJP leader after taking voice samples to match the sting operation video.
However, the CBI insisted to have Roy on Saturday and may quiz him in front of arrested IPS officer, who is in CBI custody till Monday.Narada News CEO Mathew Samuel conducted the sting operations five years ago in which besides the IPS officer, then 12 TMC leaders were found in the sting operations,which came to light in 2016.
However, two leaders former Kolkata Municipal Mayor Sovan Chatterjee and Mr Roy changed the floor and are now with saffron brigade. Sources said Mr Roy has sought time up to October 2, but the agency has been insisting that he appear on September 28. Mr Roy said he had sent a letter to the CBI telling them that he would be present at the Nizam Palace by 3 pm on Saturday. (UNI)