A division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice Arijit Banerjee reserved its order on the issue today and said it would pass the order on Monday.
Samuel, whose Narada News portal carried out a sting operation against some Trinamool Congress leaders, had in an affidavit before the high court stated that for reasons pertaining to his own security, he would like to submit footage of the 'sting operation' to any central agency.
Samuel claimed in his affidavit that the 'sting operation' was carried out by him and that he was ready to face any consequence if it was found that the footage was not genuine.

Appearing for the TMC leaders, party MP and counsel Kalyan Banerjee objected to Samuel's prayer, submitting before the court that every central agency was controlled by the ruling party at the Centre and as such the tapes should be handed over only to the court.
He also stated that if Samuel was concerned about his security to come and hand over the tapes before the high court as he was directed earlier, he may be asked to hand over the same to the Registrar of the Supreme Court or of the Delhi High Court.
The division bench also directed Samuel to provide information regarding the sting operation as directed in its order of March 22 through an affidavit by April 12.
The matter would be heard again on April 15. The division bench noted that Samuel had not placed before the court the device used to record the sting footage which show TMC leaders allegedly accepting money.

It also noted that the company which Samuel said ran the Narada News was formed in January, 2016, while the tapes were allegedly made a few years back. The bench also noted that Samuel had not disclosed the dates of recording as directed in the March 22 order.

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