Stating that it is ready to take over investigations into the Saradha Group scam, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will file an affidavit the before the Calcutta High Court on Wednesday when the public interest litigations seeking a CBI probe in matter come up for hearing.

 Himanshu De, counsel for the CBI, said here on Tuesday that while the agency would file the affidavit before the court on Wednesday, the copies of the affidavit had been made available to other parties involved in the case.

 “The CBI has no objection to take over the case if the State governments provide necessary manpower sought by the CBI and logistical support as necessary,” the affidavit said.

The court had asked that the CBI to inform it of its views on the matter after PILs were filed in the last week of April.

 The West Bengal government had already filed an affidavit before the court referring to the steps taken by it and had stated that probe by the CBI “is a premature demand.”

 The demand for a probe by the CBI into the chit fund scam has been raised by political parties in the Opposition and also those affected by it after the alleged links of the Trinamool Congress MPs and Ministers to the scam came to the fore. It has also been argued that since the financial transactions of the scam-tainted company are not limited to the State the CBI, a Central agency, should probe the matter.

Mishra to meet

PM, Pranab

 A delegation of the State’s Left Front led by Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Surya Kanta Mishra will meet President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Thursday.

 A senior MLA of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has said the delegation will raise the demand for CBI probe into the scam.