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Updated: November 24, 2013 19:16 IST

CPI (M) demands CBI probe into Bengal ponzi scam

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Leader of Opposition Surya Kanta Mishra. File photo.
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Leader of Opposition Surya Kanta Mishra. File photo.

A day after a Trinamool Congress MP was arrested on charges of being involved in the Saradha scam, CPI (M) and Congress in West Bengal on Sunday demanded a CBI probe into the ponzi scandal.

“We have been demanding CBI investigation under Supreme Court’s monitoring into the scam. Several states are involved in it and some of them have also demanded CBI probe,” leader of Opposition in the state assembly Suryakanta Mishra told reporters.

Several names have been revealed in the Saradha case which includes top level leaders of Trinamool Congress including its ministers and MPs, he said in response to questions.

He alleged that the local police and the state administration were “not going in the right direction” on the investigations into the case.

“If the chief minister of Karnataka can be arrested after a CBI probe or a union Cabinet minister can be sent to jail, why can’t the CBI take up investigation into this case,” Mr. Mishra asked.

He said, lot of unearthing has to be done and investigations should be carried out properly under the apex court’s directions.

Equally vocal about action against all mentioned in Ghosh’s Facebook post, senior Congress MP and Union Minister of State for Railways Adhir Chowdhury said, “It completes Mamata Banerjee’s corruption circle.”

“Arrest of Kunal Ghosh is nothing, but to suppress the involvement of those listed in the Facebook post,” Mr. Chowdhury said.

Demanding a CBI probe into the scam, Chowdhury also said all those who figured in the list should come clean or face the same fate as Ghosh.

Suspended Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh was arrested on Saturday by Bidhannagar Police in connection with the Saradha Group ponzi scam.

Mr. Ghosh, the CEO of Saradha Group’s media arm, was charged under sections 420 (cheating), 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 120B (conspiracy) of the IPC.

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