The Supreme Court on Friday directed a CBI probe in multi—crore chit fund scams in West Bengal, Odisha and Assam in which various companies, including Saradha, are allegedly involved.

A bench headed by Justice T S Thakur said that the scams have inter—State ramification and directed that the investigation be handed over to the Central agency from the State authorities.

It also asked the Enforcement Directorate to conduct the probe expeditiously against the accused companies. It however, refused to constitute a committee for the time being to monitor the CBI probe in the scams.

The bench directed the State authorities to cooperate with the CBI in the probe and provide all details to the agency.

The court passed the order on PILs seeking a stop to the entire chit funds business in the country and also a restraint on further collection of funds from investors as an immediate remedial step.

The petitioners had said they have no faith in the police authorities. They had alleged that the proceedings initiated by State governments appeared to be “biased and prejudiced” and sought a CBI probe into the multi—crore scams.

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