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CBI seeks Saradha files

Saradha chief Sudipta Sen in Calcutta on Monday. Picture by Bibhash Lodh

New Delhi, May 19: CBI director Ranjit Sinha today wrote to Bengal chief secretary Sanjay Mitra requesting him to provide all details related to the Saradha Group.

“We are collecting all relevant documents related to the inter-state deposit-mobilisation rackets, including the Saradha scam in Bengal. I have written to the Bengal chief secretary to provide all documents and papers available with the government and its different agencies,” Sinha told The Telegraph.

The central agency has formed a special investigation team to probe the Saradha scandal after the Supreme Court recently ordered it to probe the scam, which has repercussions in Odisha, Assam and Tripura.

CBI sources had last week said that the agency would begin its probe by studying the complaint of an investor that had been cited by Bengal police to break open a bank locker jointly held by Saradha chief Sudipta Sen and his second wife Piyali in April.

The investigating agency is also expected to re-examine cases in which the Bengal SIT has submitted chargesheets.

A senior CBI officer in Delhi today said FIRs would be registered in the case after examining all documents. The agency is also probing the role of officials of regulatory bodies such as Sebi, the Registrar of Companies and the Reserve Bank of India.

“After scanning the documents, we will record statements of the arrested persons and some politicians said to be involved in the scandal,” he said.

The thrust of the investigation, he added, is on the larger conspiracy involving politicians, bureaucrats and other influential people.

Wondering why the Saradha case should not handed over to the CBI, the Supreme Court had on April 9 said the “entire system” in Bengal seemed to have “crumbled” under the default conspiracy, adding that “there is a larger conspiracy with political overtones”. Days later, the court handed over the Saradha probe to the CBI.

CBI special director Anil Kumar Sinha is monitoring the progress of the probe under the supervision of the CBI director.

The central Enforcement Directorate, which is also probing the money laundering scam, is expected to submit the first chargesheet in the Saradha case by early July.