In a sensational development in the Saradha Group case, in which the umbrella company was alleged of cheating more than a million investors by running the Ponzi schemes, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has asked the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for files regarding the investigation.
While the CBI is asking the Saradha chit fund scam case files from the WB government to file the final chargesheet, Mamata Banerjee govt is denying to hand over the documents to the CBI in the matter.
The West Bengal government seems unwilling to cooperate with the Central Bureau of Investigation as it is continuously terming the demands of the files of Saradha scam by the CBI as ’unconstitutional’.
Apparently, the West Bengal government earlier had strongly resisted the plea for handing over the investigation to the CBI in July 2018, after which the apex court ordered the Enforcement Directorate to join in the money laundering case with CBI.
In a massive controversy, the CBI has issued notices to Malda SP Arnab Ghosh and former joint commissioner (crime) Pallav Kanti Ghosh in connection with Saradha chit fund scam. Through the notices, they have been asked to present themselves in front of the court within a week.
Since the CBI is probing the Saradha case under the direct supervision of the Supreme Court, it has already inquired a lot of details into the matter from many people involved directly or indirectly in the case. This West Bengal chit fund scam has brought many government agencies together including RBI, income tax department, finance ministry, and SEBI, besides the CBI under one umbrella for the probe.
CBI had earlier called Member of Parliament (MP) Kunal Ghosh for questioning in the money laundering probe. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had also issued fresh summons to Nalini Chidambaram in connection with its money laundering probe into the Saradha ponzi scam.
The main accused in the chit fund case, Chairman and MD of Saradha Group, Sudipta Sen was arrested from Kashmir, along with Debjani Mukherjee and Arvind Singh Chauhan on April 23, 2013.