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CBI takes up Tripura Ponzi cases

Agartala, Nov. 30: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has taken up cases of five deposit-collecting companies for investigation following a request from the state government.

The Tripura government had launched a drive against deposit-collecting companies last year as a result of which a large number of such companies had fled the state with the money collected from the people.

In April this year the state government had passed a resolution in a cabinet meeting deciding to hand over investigations into deposit-collecting companies to the CBI, considering the inter-state dimension of their operations.

Recently the CBI authorities have informed the state government that they will launch investigation into five non-banking financial companies or deposit-collecting companies.

Disclosing this in a workshop at Prajna Bhawan auditorium yesterday, finance minister Badal Chowdhury said a team of CBI officers will shortly arrive at Agartala to receive papers seized by the state CID from the five deposit collecting companies.

“There was a time when a maximum of 117 deposit collecting companies had been operating in the state. But many of these have fled with the money collected from the people. We have taken drastic action against these companies and 45 of them have been totally banned,” said Chowdhury.

Yesterday’s workshop in was attended by finance secretary Ashutosh Jindal, senior officials of RBI and SEBI and all 23 sub-divisional magistrates among others.

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