A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in Calcutta High Court on Monday, seeking an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the Saradha Group chit fund scam and the arrest of Trinamool Congress MPs involved in it.
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who has also been criticised for showing support to the group, ordered two inquiries into the matter – one by a retired judge and another by a special investigation team (SIT).
“The inquiry commission, to be led by Shyamal Kumar Sen, retired judge of the Allahabad high court, will include a retired IPS officer and individuals from financial and corporate world,” Banerjee said on Monday.
But the chief minister, who has been to at least four programmes of Saradha Group, defended herself and her Rajya Sabha MP Kunal Ghosh, who was also the CEO of Saradha’s media venture involving a host of newspapers and television channels.
“If I am invited to inauguration programmes, I do visit. I had no clue about the group owner and the nature of his business,” she said. As for Ghosh, “He was just an employee, one among hundreds. If anyone is guilty, the law will take its own course,” she said.
Banerjee also denied knowledge of the deposits such chit funds have accumulated. “The commission will look into all these aspects,” she said.
The state, she said, is ready with the draft of an ordinance making provisions for stronger action against chit funds.