HC seeks reply from MHA over providing manpower and infrastructure to CBI for cheat fund cases

HC seeks reply from MHA over providing manpower and infrastructure to CBI for cheat fund cases

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Agartala, Apr 4: The refusal of CBI to investigate the cheat fund cases of different Non Banking Financial Companies (NBFC) in Tripura, the high court has sought reply from home ministry asking it whether sufficient manpower and other infrastructure would be given to CBI.

During hearing of the writ petition of a victim depositor in the division bench of high court of Tripura comprising Justice Subhashis Talapatra and Justice Arindam Lodh yesterday, the CBI counsel informed the court that due to shortage of manpower and infrastructure it was impossible for CBI to carry out the investigation into 75 cases referred to them by the state government.

In 2014, a victim had filed writ petition in the high court seeking CBI investigation into the cheat fund cases of Tripura as well as to refund the depositors' money. However, instead of sending the cases to CBI, the high court had constituted special investigating team (SIT) to enquire into cases.

Accordingly, SIT had taken up as many as 75 cases related to NBFCs’ cheating and chargesheet for 64 cases have been submitted to the trial court. Meantime, the new council of ministers headed by Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb decided to refer all 75 cases to CBI for fair investigation and had approached Ministry of Personnel and Training to hand over all 75 cases to CBI.

When CBI counsel expressed their inability to investigate the cases due to shortage of infrastructure, the high court sought reply from Ministry of Home Affairs regarding posting of manpower and facilitate all other infrastructural support to CBI for investigating the cases. The petitioner’s counsel argued in the court that a large number of people were cheated by the companies and it was impossible to recover the money until CBI investigates the cases.

The left front government, had earlier sent only 37 selected cases of NBFC involved cheating of meagre amount were referred to CBI from which only five were taken for investigation. In this connection with a Rose Valley case, two ministers of left front government were interrogated. Former, social welfare minister and CPI (M) MLA Bijita Nath was questioned about her association with Rose Valley, as she had been an agent before becoming minister and former finance and health minister Badal Choudhury was questioned about his role in the government to prevent business of Rose Valley.

The CBI officials had also interrogated two former private secretaries of Choudhury - Sekhar Datta and Manik Lal Dey regarding the sources of income of Choudhury’s family. A close relative of Choudhury had bought a property worth Rs 25 Cr in a posh locality of Kolkata and CBI wanted to know the source of the money.

After the state government's decision to send all the cases to CBI, another division bench of High Court of Tripura had directed CBI to complete all formalities including bringing out necessary notification from Ministry of Home Affairs for beginning investigation into the crore of rupees scam of NBFC in the state. According to Tripura assembly report about Rs 35000 Cr had been looted by 127 NBFCs, including Rose Valley, and a large number of people of the state were cheated by those companies in last 10 years. (UNI)