The West Bengal Congress Monday launched a scathing attack on senior party leader and former UPA minister Kapil Sibal for giving in to “monetary greed” and deciding to represent the state government in the Supreme Court in connection with the CBI probe into the Saradha chit fund scam.
The West Bengal government, represented by Sibal, and the Trinamool Congress (TMC), through its state general secretary Mahua Moitra, moved separate petitions in the Supreme Court Monday requesting it to monitor the CBI probe into the Rs 2500 crore scam.
The petition by Sibal comes a week after TMC all India general secretary Mukul Roy, who has been summoned by the CBI for questioning in connection with the scam, met him. It also comes just a day before the a big rally of Congress in Kolkata where the party was going to denounce the roles of the TMC and the state government in the Saradha scam.
Incidentally, it was following the filing of a petition by a Congress leader from state, Abdul Mannan, that the apex court had handed over the probe into the scame to the central investigating agency.
“We can’t understand how avaricious a person can be? Sibal has blackened our face with his greed for money. He is a lawyer but at the same time he should not forget that he us a Congressman too. He has no right to backstab the party. We will take the matter up with (AICC chief) Sonia Gandhi and (Congress vice-president) Rahul Gandhi,” Pradip Bhattacharya, former PCC president and now an MP, told The Indian Express.
State party president Adhir Ranjan Chaudhury too was critical of Sibal’s move and regretted that he preferred profession over politics. “We do not approve of what Sibal has done but what can we do? He is more a legal expert than a politician. We cannot ask him why he has taken the brief of the TMC,” Chaudhury, a former Union minister, said.
Meanwhile, Mannan, who had filed the petition in SC for CBI probe into the scam, said the party will suffer because of leaders like Sibal.
“We moved the SC and now it is our own party colleague who is stabbing us in the back. How will we face people at Saturday’s rally,” Mannan said talking to The Indian Express.
The BJP took a dig at the Congress with party in charge of West Bengal Siddharth Nath Singh asking “which was the real face of the Congress: that of Mannan or that of Sibal”?