Left leaders at PM door for CBI probe

THE Left parties Thursday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Pranab Mukherjee and sought a court-monitored CBI probe and coordinated action by SEBI,SFIO and the CBI.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 10, 2013 4:42:56 am

THE Left parties Thursday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Pranab Mukherjee and sought a court-monitored CBI probe and coordinated action by SEBI,SFIO and the CBI. The Left claimed that the Trinamool Congress was “hand -in-glove” with Saradha Group and hence was opposing a CBI probe. The delegation led by senior CPM leader Sitaram Yechury also met Finance Minister P Chidambaram.

Arguing that “several states are involved in this massive fraud of Saradha Group”,they said the CBI should “immediately be involved in the investigation of this fraud” under the supervision of the court.

“SEBI should also be instructed in coordination with CBI and SFIO to move into the Saradha case immediately,for a proper and comprehensive investigation into the total list of properties (including different forms of illegal transfers) for immediate attachment and for moving the Supreme Court as well as Kolkata High Court for selling of the properties needed for repayment to the depositors without delay,” a memorandum submitted by them said.

They said both the PM and the Finance Minister expressed concern over the scale of ponzi scam and assured the leaders that the Centre was taking steps to regulate and check such activities.

Yechury alleged the West Bengal government’s decision to bring a new legislation was to give time to the accused to relocate their properties.

Leader of the Opposition in West Bengal,Surya Kanta Mishra,alleged the Trinamool leadership was “hand-in-glove” with the Saradha Group. He claimed that those running ponzi schemes “provided funds to the ruling Trinamool Congress and a dozen MPs and MLAs would be in trouble if a CBI investigation was conducted” and alleged that they had “a give and take relationship”.

The Left leaders said there was anxiety in the state regarding other financial companies and demanded steps to correct the practices of these financial companies.

The Centre has already set up an Inter-Ministerial Group to strengthen coordination among different agencies to curb fraudulent money-raising activities in the wake of Saradha Group cheating investors through fraudulent money pooling scheme.

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