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West Bengal govt machinery impeding Saradha scam probe: CBI

KOLKATA: The CBI has alleged that the probe into the multi-crore Saradha ponzi rip-off has been badly hit by a "hostile" executive machinery in West Bengal, which is delaying filing of the general chargesheet.
Explaining the explanations for the prolong, a senior respectable of the premier investigative agency instructed PTI, "The state government is hostile to the CBI and in the case of Saradha scam, the government machinery has damaged all the evidences."

"So, we are getting late in filing the final chargesheet," added the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) respectable.

He further said that the banking security fraud department, particular crime department and the economic offences wings of the agency had all transform non-functional after West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee decided to withdraw the "general consent" to the CBI to habits raids and investigations.

"Only the Economic Offences IV (chit fund probe wing) is functioning in the state," he said.

Regarding the closing date in filing the general chargesheets in the Rose Valley and Saradha scams, he said "there is no time frame".

Citing the arrest of famend movie producer Shrikant Mohta by the agency in the Rose Valley chit fund rip-off case on January 25, he alleged that officials from a police station had gone to Mohta's office on that day to intimidate the agency sleuths, asking them why they had come.

"They had no business to go there and prevent the CBI from carrying out its duty," the respectable said.

CBI sleuths had questioned Mohta in his office at a shopping mall in south Kolkata on January 25 and later in the day they took him to the CBI office at the CGO Complex in Salt Lake for further interrogation, the place he used to be placed beneath arrest.

Mohta, considered just about the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) in West Bengal, allegedly duped Rose Valley of Rs 25 crore.

The CBI is probing each the Saradha and Rose Valley multi-crore-rupee scams. The Enforcement Directorate may be probing the Rose Valley rip-off.

The West Bengal executive had shaped the SIT in 2013 with officials drawn from the state's CID and Kolkata Police.

The Supreme Court ordered a probe into the Saradha rip-off and transferred the case to the CBI in 2014.

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