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CBI demanded documents to bengal police on Sharda scam case


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Though the Central Bureau of Investigation has denied having issued summons to Bengal Director General of Police Surajit Karpurakayastha sources said the Agency has indeed demanded documents related to investigations conducted by the Bengal Police into the multi-crore Sharada chit fund case. The CBI is known to have asked the DGP to submit at the earliest all the documents related to investigations conducted by the State Police before the Central agency took over the probe. Apparently in a bid to clear the air the CBI denied on Wednesday having issued any notice of summons to the DGP in connection with the Sharada chit fund scam. Agency spokesperson A Dayal denied reports that the Bengal Police DGP had been summoned for appearance in Delhi.
Though there was no official response from the police headquarters sources said that the CBI has sent two notices to the police not summoning the DGP but asking for “a number of materials including the documentary evidences seized earlier by the police, the mobile call records of Sudipto Sen (the Sharada boss) and Debjani Mukherjee. “Similar letters had been sent earlier also but no response has come,” sources said adding that CBI has also sent two notices Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajiv Kumar who was the first senior officer to investigate the case as the then Commissioner of Bidhan Nagar Police asking him to hand over materials seized by him. Soon after the chit fund scam burst in the face of ruling Trinamool Congress with allegations flying thick and fast in 2014 that a number of senior Ministers and MPs were involved in ponzi deals Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had formed a Special Investigation Team comprising Bengal police officers to probe the fraud. The State Opposition had however promptly dismissed the order as an exercise to hush up the scam.
Subsequently while the opposition moved the court demanding CBI investigation the State police hurriedly swung into action seizing a number of documents, a reported “red diary” belonging to Sen. It also managed to beat the Enforcement Directorate in getting control over a locker of a nationalised bank at Ultadanga in North Kolkata. The CBI later learnt that there were vital clues in the locker which had gone into the hands of the State Police. Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate which is also investigating the chit fund fraud on Wednesday, raided a number of locations including jewelry outlets owned by another botched chit fund company Rose Valley. The company outlets were raided at Howrah, Baguiati, Rashbehari, sources said.

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