In a bid to corner the Mamata Banerjee government on the Saradha scam, the CPI(M) has now demanded the Centre’s intervention in the matter and a CBI probe under the Supreme Court’s supervision.
A Left dele gation led by opposition leader Suryakanta Mishra met Union corporate affairs minister Sachin Pilot on Monday and even wrote a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh demanding that the Saradha Group’s assets be seized, auctioned and the proceeds distributed among those cheated.
Mishra also demanded a CBI probe to unearth the beneficiaries of the scam that had resulted in many people losing their hard-earned money and led to a spate of suicides.
“We met the Union corporate affairs minister and urged him that a CBI probe be held under the supervision of the apex cour t. We demanded that all Saradha properties be seized, auctioned and the proceeds distributed among the victims. We also sent a letter to the prime minister apprising him of our demands,” Mishra said after his meeting with Pilot.
Mishra also claimed that the distribution of money to Saradha investors from the public exchequer was illegal.
The meeting with Pilot comes a day after former state finance minister Asim Dasgupta raised questions about the legal sanctity of the Rs. 500 crore corpus set up by the government to compensate duped individuals in the Saradha scam.
Even rebel T rinamool Congress MP and Saradha CEO Kunal Ghosh had demanded a CBI probe into the scam alleging that he is being made a scapegoat and threatened to reveal the names of all who benefited from the bust.
Last week, Mamata Banerjee had handed over cheques to some Saradha investors at a programme in the city where the recipients were also offered a sumptuous lunch by the government.
Altogether, 800 depositors of the Saradha Group received compensation on that day.
According to Dasgupta, when there is a legal provision for the return of the depositors’ money through confiscation and sale of the attached property of the company, there is no need to refund money from that deposited in the state exchequer.