Pertaining to the developments in the Saradha chit fund scam case, after the Supreme Court agreed to hear CBI's plea alleging destruction of evidence, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has given his first statement calling for an 'honest investigation that is independent of political burdens'
He said, "The order of the Supreme Court is clear, the Police Commissioner will have to appear in front of the CBI, and in Shillong not in Kolkata. This is for an honest investigation so that the entire probe is freed from the burdened of politics."
"This investigation must be done in a fair manner. Let's not politicise it. This is a great moral victory for CBI," he added.
Ravi Shankar Prasad has raised questioned against the Commissioner Police Rajeev Kumar for failing to appear before the court for 3 years and the 'powers' preventing him from doing so
He said, "Secondly, the Supreme Court has issued a notice of contempt. Now some people are saying it's their victory. The big question is why was the Commissioner Police not assisting with the probe for the last 3 years. What were those power that prevented the Police Commissioner from appearing before the court."
He asserted the need for this investigation and further said that a notice must be issued to "all top officers of West Bengal"
He said, "Another question is that thousands of people have lost their money in the Sarada scam, shouldn't there be an investigated on the money looted."
"This order was given by SC to investigate the conspiracy angle and also money laundering angle. The contempt notice should be issued to all top officers of West Bengal," he added.
He further questioned the TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee and the party leaders for supporting the West Bengal chief minister in this faceoff between the CBI and Kolkata Police, citing how the chit-fund scam looted lakhs of people.
He said, "Today we have to raise larger questions, is it not our moral obligation to investigate? Why is Mamata silent of this? Why are other parties silent on this?