CBI slaps notice on Trinamool Congress over Saradha chit fund scam
Kolkata: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is probing the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam, Monday issued notice to Trinamool Congress (TMC) headquarters in Kolkata, asking the party about complete details of all transactions made during 2010 to 2014.
On the same day, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi seeking a loan waiver for the debt-ridden state.
The CBI has asked the TMC to furnish full details of amounts received from advertisements, donations and also from the sale of paintings by party chief Mamata Banerjee, sources said.
Sources added that the party has been given a deadline of Tuesday morning to furnish all the details.
The notice reached the Trinamool Bhavan in the name of the party’s former all-India general secretary Mukul Roy, who till recently was the one who used to furnish all such details to the Election Commission (EC) on behalf of the party.
But Roy was recently removed from all party posts after his name cropped up in the Saradha scam and souring of his relations with party chief Mamata Banerjee.
“I heard about the notice and that it was addressed to me, as I was the custodian of the party. But since I have been removed from the post, I have no access to party accounts since February 28. I am not even attending the office,” Roy told Mail Today by phone while travelling to Delhi.
“I have no knowledge of the accounts now. People who have been freshly appointed in the position would be able to tell everything,” he added.
Meanwhile, in another development, Darjeeling district TMC vice-president Hari Sadhan Ghosh on Monday resigned from the party.
He cited the “injustice to Roy” as the reason of his resignation, and said that Roy had selflessly served the party for so many years.
Ghosh added that he was not happy with the party’s functioning and “the behaviour of a section of Trinamool leadership for the past few years”.