Burdwan: Senior CPI(M) leader Surya Kanta Mishra on Friday alleged that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was opposed to a CBI investigation into the chit fund scam as it would reveal links of `a dozen` of her partymen.
"Those running Ponzi schemes provided funds to the ruling Trinamool Congress and a dozen MPs and MLAs would be in trouble if a CBI investigation was conducted," Mishra, the Leader of Opposition alleged at a meeting here to protest yesterday`s assault on party workers.
"They had a give and take relationship," he claimed.
The setting up of a SIT and an inquiry commission into the Saradha chit fund scam was aimed at stalling a CBI investigation, he said.
The Chief Minister`s claim yesterday that she had learnt about the Saradha scam only on April 15 this year, was not correct as her brother Kartick had told a tv channel that he had warned against Ponzi schemes a year ago, Mishra said.
Also, when the Prime Minister had visited Kolkata on August 22, 2011, a memorandum on chit funds was submitted to him by the CPI(M) and copies were sent to the Chief Minister and the state finance minister, he said.
A CBI investigation was all the more necessary, he added, since the scam had spread to several states.