CBI finds no Saradha link in TMC’s accounts | The Times of India

This article was published in The Times of India on 24 August, 2015

After a six-month probe into Trinamool Congress’s sources of funds, the CBI has not found any suspicious transactions in the party’s accounts, especially from the Saradha group of companies.

“We have analyzed the income tax returns and other documents related to TMC but there is no unexplained or suspicious transaction in the accounts from Saradha companies, as suspected earlier,” a top CBI official said.

Probing TMC’s funds, which included purchase of one of Mamata’s paintings by Saradha group chief Sudipta Sen for Rs 1.80 crore, was part of CBI’s FIR which focused on the wider conspiracy in the Saradha chit fund scam. It was being suspected that Saradha group gave several crores to TMC between 2010 and 2014, which were not legitimate transactions.

The agency had examined TMC general secretary Subrata Baxi seeking details of party’s accounts earlier this year.

TMC had attacked CBI several times, saying it was working on the directions of the Centre.

Arrest of several leaders by the CBI in the multi-crore Saradha scam had put the party on the back foot. The CBI has arrested and charge-sheeted senior TMC leaders including Madan Mitra, former Rajya Sabha MP Kunal Ghosh and Srinjoy Bose in the Rs 2,500 crore ponzi scam.

Congress leader and former minister of state for home in the Narsihma Rao government Matang Sinh was also arrested and named in a charge-sheet earlier this month for allegedly siphoning off Rs 28 crore from the ponzi schemes run by Saradha chairman Sudipta Sen.

Meanwhile, the agency on Sunday lodged five more FIRs against different chit fund companies operating in Assam for cheating several thousand investors. The companies named in the fresh FIRs include Rose Valley, Silicon MultiServices Ltd, Uro Agro India Ltd, Uro Infra Reality India Ltd and Prayag Hi-Rise Infotech Ltd, CBI spokesperson Kanchan Prasad said.

BJP is misusing CBI for political purpose: Partha Chatterjee

Partha Chatterjee, Secretary General of Trinamool Congress, today slammed the BJP for using CBI for political purpose. He was addressing the press at Trinamool Bhavan, where he strongly criticised CBI for overstepping their constitutional authority.

He said, “Before any election, BJP uses CBI to target Trinamool. They are afraid of our popularity. Opposition now relies on CBI for doing their political campaigns.”

Partha Chatterjee also questioned CBI’s motives, “Why is CBI asking only Trinamool for accounts? What about BJP’s multi crore Lok Sabha campaign?”

He questioned the constitutional authority of the CBI to ask for accounts as those records are submitted to the IT Department and the Election Commission.

Partha Chatterjee further added, “It is a sad truth that CBI has lost its credibility and efficiency. Various cases in this State have shown that.”

TMC RS MPs to meet Vice President on Feb 6

 A delegation of Trinamool Congress will meet Vice-president and Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari to take up the issue of MPs being “targetted” by the CBI in the Saradha scam.

“It was decided at the TMC core committee meeting, which was held a few days ago and presided over by party supremoMamata Banerjee that an eight-member delegation of our Rajya Sabha members would meet Hamid Ansari who has given a date on February 6 to meet him,” TMC national spokesman and RS MP Derek O’Brien told PTI here today.

“We want to share with the Vice-president, who is Chairman of Rajya Sabha our concern that TMC RS members were being targeted politically by using CBI as the BJP is in minority there (RS) and TMC has taken the lead role in the opposition there,” O’Brien said.

TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee had alleged after the party’s core committee meeting on Saturday that BJP, which does not have majority in Rajya Sabha, was arresting TMC MPs on various pretexts and a delegation of the party would meet Ansari.


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Abhishek Banerjee takes on ABP and BJP

National President of Trinamool Youth Congress Abhishek Banerjee  today slammed Anandabazar Patrika group and BJP for their malicious propaganda of lies and smear campaign against Mamata Banerjee and Trinamool Congress.

He was addressing a rally of Trinamool Youth Congress at Bardhaman Chowringhee Maidan. The rally was attended by various leaders of the party  Partha Chatterjee, Secretary General of AITC, Firhad Hakim, General Secretary Subrata Bakhsi, WB State President, Chandrima Bhattacharya, State President of Trinamool Mahila Congress and senior leader Subrata Mukherjee. The meeting was attended by a sea of enthusiast supporters.

He said that he has slapped legal notices to ABP for false news regarding him, which the media group is yet to respond to.  He also questioned how front page headlines in ABP and Ganasakti was exactly similar. He reiterated what the Chairperson has been saying all these while, that ABP published several advertisements of Saradha.

Abhishek Banerjee challeneged the owner of ABP group, Aveek Sarkar to produce the balance sheet of all the companies he is associated with, and he is ready to produce his record within 30 minutes.

Highlights of Abhishek Banerjee’s speech:

  • Yesterday Amit Shah said Saradha raised Rs 15000 crore. But in SC order it is said an independent auditor from SEBI said the amount was Rs 2459 crore.
  • I have sent legal notices to ABP group for false news. They haven’t furnished any proof yet. Will take them to court.
  • Every evening on TV shows, few dalals are carrying out negative propaganda against Mamata Banerjee.
  • ABP is spreading malicious lies against Mamata Banerjee and TMC.
  • Will ABP do a panel discussion on the manifold increase in assets of BJP Ministers?
  • On 13th January, ABP and Ganashakti carried the exact same headline on front page.
  • What is the connection between ABP and Ganashakti? ABP also published advertisements of Saradha.
  • If Aveek Sarkar produces balance sheets of all companies he is associated with, I will produce my records within 30 mins.
  • Neither CBI nor ABP will be able to save BJP. Common people are the only saviour in elections.
  • After becoming the President of BJP, Amit Shah came to Chowringhee to campaign for by-polls. TMC won that seat by 15000 votes.
  • In the students’ union polls, TMCP has formed the union in majority colleges.
  • The more they criticise TMC; people will shower their support on us.
  • BJP returned the pilot cars sent by WB Government so that they could criticise Mamata Banerjee.
  • They traveled without pilot cars in Bardhaman. This is an example that Bengal is safe and secure.
  • Did they talk about development, peace, culture or progress? No. They only talked about capturing power.
  • Mamata Banerjee has a long history of struggle. She did not become a mass leader overnight. From Netai to Nandigram, Singur to Tapasi Malik,  Mamata Banerjee has always stood by the people.
  • They want to defeat Mamata Banerjee by indulging in propaganda through a section of media.
  • Can you block the sunlight by covering your eyes with your hand? No. Defeating Mamata Banerjee is not easy.
  • Let there be a competition based on development. Let them talk based on facts and figures.
  • They do not know the Bengali language, Bengali culture. Will Amit Shah be able to read the banner on stage?
  • Mamata Banerjee started her struggle wearing a hawai chappal 3 decades ago. She still follows the same lifestyle.
  • They think they will bring poriborton in Bengal by visiting the State for 5 minutes.
  • Did Amit Shah say a word against Biman babu or Buddha babu? Did he say anything about Adhir babu?
  • Mamata Banerjee visited Jangalmahal 38 times and Darjeeling 42 times in the last 3.5 years. Standing in Darjeeling, Mamata Banerjee made it clear that she will not allow division of Bengal.
  • A few dalals are carrying out negative propaganda against Mamata Banerjee.
  • The support of people is with TMC and Mamata Banerjee. BJP cannot digest this fact.
  • Yesterday BJP said in their rally ABVP won elections at Raghunathpur College. In reality TMCP won the polls in that college.
  • A particular media group is spreading malicious lies against Mamata Banerjee and TMC.
  • The assets of BJP MPs and Ministers are increasing manifold since Lok Sabha elections.
  • Should there not be a CBI probe into the multifold increase in assets of BJP Ministers? Will there be panel discussions in TV?
  • Investments r pouring into Bengal. WB CM is visiting different places with industrialists for investment opportunities.
  • Trinamool will win the upcoming Municipal polls in Bengal.
  • BJP will suffer a huge defeat in the upcoming polls.