Mamata opposed to CBI inquiry: Leader of Opposition
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.