CBI notice to LF minister in Rose Valley case: Oppositions demand Sarkar’s resignation

CBI notice to LF minister in Rose Valley case: Oppositions demand Sarkar’s resignation

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Agartala:  The oppositions Trinamool Congress, BJP and Congress have exerted pressure on Chief Minister Manik Sarkar to resign for involvement of the government and the ruling CPI(M) in Rose Valley scam following CBI notice to Social Welfare and Social Education Minister Bijita Nath and removal of Chief of Special Investigation Team (SIT) by the state government. BJP staged demonstration in Agartala and Dharmanagar demanding removal of Mrs Nath from the cabinet and step down of Manik Sarkar accepting the responsibility of his government in the involvement in promoting business of Non Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs). They burnt effigy of Bijita Nath and Chief Minister Manik Sarkar in favour of their demand. “Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and his entire government must resign from their respective posts immediately for direct involvement in promoting Chit Fund companies and money-laundering in Tripura,” BJP vice president Subal Bhowmik said. He alleged people deposited money in the illegal companies and NBFCs as the ruling Left Front Ministers and their leaders promoted these unauthorised organisations, which has already been established from the government records and evidence. “Mr Sarkar doesn’t have any morale to remain in chair,” Mr Bhowmik added. Trinamool Congress MLA Sudip Roy Barman raised allegations against Chief Minister of abetting the cheating of 14 lakh middle and poor class depositors of Tripura by promoting the illegal organisations. He asked, why did the Left Front government submit cases involved the amount of Rs 15,400 against Rose Valley for CBI enquiry on May 27, 2013, in spite of having all the documents of cheating of about Rs 99 lakh? The Chief Minister knowingly promoted Chit Fund companies in Tripura and also gave license to NBFCs for their illegal business and permitted to collect money from the common people till June 2015 after two of referring the case to CBI, Mr Roy Barman stated adding that even after arrest of Saradha chief Sudipta Sen, Mr Sarkar allowed Rose Valley type NBFCs to continue business. With the growth of NBFC activities in the state Left Front government had passed Tripura Protection of Interest of Depositors (In Financial Establishments) Act, 2000 but rules were framed in 2007. Meantime, in 2008, Mr Sarkar went to inauguration of Rose Valley Park and insisted people to deposit money there, he added. However, reacting to the opposition parties’ demand, CPI(M) Tripura State Secretary Bijan Dhar said the Left Front government is the first state government which enacted a law in 2000 and referred 37 cases to the CBI in 2013 to deal with these unauthorised bodies but CBI refused to accept them. But he could not able to counter the allegations of oppositions rather said, “We also want that money of the cheated people must be returned to them. We are not afraid of the CBI’s notice to a minister as we are all clean on the issue.” The issue got complicated when the chief minister removed SIT Chief (IG Law & Order) KV Sreejesh with his deputy Uttam Majumdar. Sreejesh was appointed with the direction of High Court of Tripura in 2015 to probe illegal Non Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) and chit fund organisations. Meanwhile, a big team of CBI senior officials arrived in Agartala to interrogate Bijita Nath tomorrow at her official residence.



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