Welcoming the Supreme Court order directing CBI to probe the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam, the Congress on Friday described it as a "personal political defeat" of Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee while the BJP said that the TMC stood "badly exposed".
Attacking Trinamool Congress for opposing CBI investigation into Saradha scam, Left parties welcomed the Supreme Court directions for such a probe and demanded that the agency should uncover the "political nexus" behind the swindling of funds and associated money laundering.
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.
Assam Health and Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday denied the allegations Saradha Group chief Sudipta Sen made against him in a letter to the CBI and said he planned to send him a legal notice.
In further trouble for the chit fund scam-hit Saradha group of Kolkata, the Enforcement Directorate has registered a money laundering case to probe the allegations of financial irregularities by numerous depositors against it.
The Calcutta High Court on Thursday directed the West Bengal government to file an affidavit on the steps it has taken against the Saradha Group and also directed the company not make any financial transaction till further orders.