Asim seeks CBI probe into Saradha scam

Dasguptacondemned Mamata Banerjee’s move to return money to investors of Saradha Group.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: October 6, 2013 2:01 am

Former Bengal finance minister and CPM leader Asim Dasgupta Sunday condemned Mamata Banerjee’s move to return money to investors of Saradha Group,saying there was no law under which the state government can return money to investors and demanded a CBI probe into the scam. He raised the issue at a press meet at CPM state headquarters at Alimuddin Street.

“There is no law under which the state government can return money. It is the Centre that should approach the Supreme Court and demand a CBI inquiry,’’ he said.

Dasgupta said the state government should instead follow the directives of the Calcutta High Court and seize properties and assets of the Saradha group chairman Sudipta Sen instead of giving away cheques to depositors.

The Trinamool Congress,meanwhile,retorted to the CPM leader’s remarks saying he was evading responsibility and he should have taken steps against chit funds when he was the finance minister.

“Why did he not do anything when chit funds like Sanchayani,Verona,Overland went bust. Her promised to bring out a white paper,but did nothing. I think the former finance minister,instead of keeping mum must come forward and throw light on the activities of chit funds,” a Trinamool Congress leader said.

On the CAG report,he said,“The CAG report is tabled in the Assembly every year. Has the report been tabled in this year. If not,when will it be done?’’ he asked.

Regarding the shifting of the secretariat to Nabanna,Dasgupta wanted to know how much money the state government had spent on the shifting,and asked how the move would benefit the common man.

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