WITH the Centre informing the Calcutta High Court on Tuesday that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) was willing to hold an inquiry into the Saradha chit fund scam,the Division Bench of Chief Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Joymalya Bagchi said the investigating agency must have capability,efficiency and adequate infrastructure.
The Bench,which is hearing a bunch of PILs seeking CBI probe into the scam,currently being investigated by West Bengal Police,hinted that an independent agency would be fit to investigate the case,which was not like other similar crime but a financial crime with a serious nature.
During the hearing,the Bench asked the CBI counsel whether the Central agency has already started an inquiry or investigating the case of Saradha in other states like Tripura,Assam,Orissa and Jharkhand. After Himangsu De,the counsel of the CBI,said he has no information about it,the Bench directed the agency to file an affidavit on it by Thursday the next day of hearing.
Meanwhile,the union governments counsel told the court that the West Bengal government has not handed over a copy of the FIR filed by the police in Bidhanagar. The ED,the counsel said,wanted to investigate into the scam under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
The bench also rapped the state government after it was told that the investigation by police was going on in a proper way. The bench told government counsel Ashoke Banerjee that it was not important how the Bidhannagar police was conducting the probe.
Six accounts of Sudipta defreezed
Police on Tuesday de-freezed six accounts of Saradha CMD Sudipta Sen after his lawyer urged the court that at least one of his accounts be allowed to operate for receiving due payments. Police had frozen 40 accounts of Sen spread over in 12 banks. All transactions were barred since the police investigation started. Meanwhile,police for the first time took Sen to his Midland office,the headquarters of Saradha in Salt Lake,and to his residence. Police seized several documents today.