With names of several top Trinamool Congress leaders, including Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, cropping up in the nearly Rs 2,460-crore Saradha chit fund scam, West Bengal Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi Wednesday said he can take any action only if something is placed before him in writing.
“I have seen the reports in the newspapers but nothing has come up to me in black and white. No agency has come to me. So, I cannot take a call or make a comment in this regard. I will only go by what the files tell me. I will take action on the basis of what is written in the files,” Tripathi said talking to The Indian Express.
This was the first time the Governor reacted to the scam after taking charge of the Raj Bhavan on July 24.
The parallel investigations by the Enforcement Directorate and the CBI have put the ruling TMC in a spot. The CBI probe has found that a subsidiary of Saradha Group —- Saradha Tours and Travels —- had entered into a contract with the IRCTC when Mamata was the rail minister. Name of state transport minister Madan Mitra to has cropped as an alleged beneficiary of the Sardha’s ill-gotten money. Another minister, Shyamapada Mukherjee, was recently grilled by the ED.
The Opposition parties, meanwhile, said they will soon meet the Governor regarding the scam. “We will tell him about the whole Saradha scam in which top leaders and ministers of the TMC are involved. We will also tell him about the deteriorating law and order situation and the atrocities meted out to women in the state. We will demand that he take action and rein in this government of which he is the constitutional head,” Adhir Ranjan Chaudhury, Pradesh Congress chief, told The Indian Express.
CPI-M state committee member Rabin Deb echoed Adhir. “We have decided to meet the Governor in this regard. Being the constitutional head, he has a role to play as the image of his government is being tainted,” Deb said.
The BJP, however, said it won’t meet the Governor or seek action against the ministers. “We have full faith in what CBI is doing. We are sure that the top brass of the government will land in the CBI net. We won’t have to tell the Governor about it,” Rahul Sinha, state BJP chief, told The Indian Express.
A joint investigation report of West Bengal Police and Enforcement Directorate (ED), has pegged the Saradha chit fund scam at Rs 2,460 crore with 80 per cent of the depositors’ money still remaining unpaid.
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