HC says time has not yet come to order CBI inquiry

A DIVISION bench of the Calcutta High Court,which is hearing a bunch of petitions demanding CBI probe into the multi-crore chit fund scam by Saradha Group,on Thursday said the time has not come to pass any order on ordering a probe by the central agency.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: May 17, 2013 4:21 am

A DIVISION bench of the Calcutta High Court,which is hearing a bunch of petitions demanding CBI probe into the multi-crore chit fund scam by Saradha Group,on Thursday said the time has not come to pass any order on ordering a probe by the central agency. The bench,however,said it would hear the arguments of all the sides in detail before arriving at a decision.

The Division Bench of Justice Ashim Kumar Banerjee and Justice Mrinal Kanti Chaudhury,to which the case was transferred after the bench comprising Chief Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Joymalyo Bagchi released the matter,has fixed June 4 as the day for the next hearing in the case,when the court reopens after the summer vacation.

Subrata Mukhopadhyay,who represents one of the petitioners,had urged the court to direct the CBI to take up the investigation as agents and depositors were committing suicide. But after the bench said that it was not an appropriate time to pass any order,Mukhopadhyay pleaded that the high court could reject the petition,and he can then approach any other forum. He also hinted to take up the case in the Supreme Court.

No probe started in other states: CBI

THE CBI,meanwhile,submitted an affidavit as sought by the court on whether it has taken up the probe into the Saradha Group chit fund in any other state. In its affidavit,the central probe agency said that it did not start any inquiry into the affairs of Saradha Group in Assam,Jharkhand,Orissa and Tripura. The affidavit stated the Assam government requested the CBI to probe 15 FIRs lodged against the group.

Govt told to hand over files to ED

THE court directed the state government to allow the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to inspect all the documents related to the Saradha scam. Advocate Bhaskar Prasad Baishya,the counsel of the Centre,told the court earlier in the day that the state government while handed it the FIR against the Saradha Group,it did not hand over other documents to the central agency. In reply to it,state government counsel Ashoke Banerjee said the case diary cannot be handed over to the ED as case is being fully investigated by the state.

Banerjee handed over a report on the progress of the investigation in a sealed cover.

Sudipta’s plea against CBI probe trashed

A DIVISION Bench of the Calcutta High Court on Thursday trashed the affidavit filed by the jailed CMD of Saradha Group,Sudipta Sen,in which he had opposed a CBI probe into the chit fund scam. The bench comprising Justice Ashim Kumar Banerjee and Justice Mrinal Kanti Chaudhury said an accused person cannot suggest the court which agency should investigate the case and therefore Sen’s affidavit cannot be accepted by the court.

Sen,who was arrested on April 23 from Kashmir after his company got bust,is currently in the custody of police of Bidhanangar Commissionerate.

Affidavit proves his good ties with TMC govt: BJP

THE BJP on Thursday said Sudipta Sen’s affidavit opposing a CBI probe proves his “good” ties with the Trinamool government. “We fear Sen could be silenced to save the government from taint. He should be kept under CCTV surveillance round the clock,” said state BJP chief Rahul Sinha in Kolkata.

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