Guwahati, April 28: The CBI is sending a team to Guwahati on Tuesday to “screen” the cases registered against fraud deposit collecting companies in the state.
Press adviser to the Assam chief minister, Bharat Chandra Narah, told The Telegraph, “A CBI team will reach here on Tuesday to examine the cases and after that, we will start the formalities of handing over the cases to them.”
“This shows the seriousness with which the Centre is viewing the developments,” he added.
The CBI team is expected to hold meetings with the officials of Bureau of Investigation (Economic Offences), CID and Assam police, which are investigating the cases registered against Saradha Group and similar companies. The bureau team will also peruse case records and documents seized by the police here.
The bureau officials are likely to discuss the matter with the Enforcement Directorate, which has already registered a case at its zonal office in Guwahati in connection with the alleged fraud committed by the Saradha Group. The directorate will probe the money-laundering angle of the case.
The source said the directorate was all set to issue summons to some local senior officials of Saradha Realty and Saradha Printing and Publications Private Limited, besides some others who had been named by Sen in his letter to the CBI, for questioning.
The Telegraph had reported in its Saturday edition that Dispur would be handing over major cases relating to fraud deposit collecting companies to the CBI next week.
Sources at the chief minister’s office today said the actual CBI probe, however, would start only after the state government sent a formal request to the Centre’s department of personnel and training and the latter cleared the plea.
According to the sources, the state home department was browsing through the 222 cases registered in Assam involving 128 deposit collecting companies in order to shortlist the major cases, which would then be handed over to the bureau.
Moreover, a three-member Assam police team is already in Calcutta to probe four cases registered against Saradha Group.
Another team will leave for the Bengal city in the second week of May to seek custody of the group’s arrested chairman and managing director, Sudipta Sen, who had purportedly written a letter to CBI naming several influential people, including a few from Assam, accusing them of taking money from him.
Gauhati High Court based on a letter written by Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti general secretary Akhil Gogoi has already registered a suo motu PIL and has asked the Assam government to state how it intended to use the cash and properties of the fraud deposit collecting companies seized by the police to refund their victims.
Dispur is ready to issue an advisory to local urban bodies to review trade licences issued to such companies. The bodies were asked to cancel trade licences of companies found to be involved in fraud and had cases registered against them.
Moreover, Assam health and education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had sent a legal notice to Saradha chief Sudipta Sen yesterday demanding an unconditional apology within 30 days for allegedly defaming him, while Arunachal Pradesh Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy on Friday sought Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s intervention to check activities of fraud deposit collecting companies in the region.