The contempt petition of the Central Investigation Agency CBI against the Chief Secretary of West Bengal Malay Dey and former Kolkata Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in the Sharda Chitfund Scam Case has been questioned by the Government of Bengal. On behalf of the Mamta government, it was said in the Supreme Court that due to the election, the CBI wants to open the old case. The CBI says that contempt case is already going on. The Supreme Court has deferred the hearing for two weeks.
Let us know that in the chit fund scam, the CBI has filed a contempt petition in the Supreme Court. This petition has been filed against West Bengal Chief Secretary Malay Kumar Dey, DGP and former Kolkata Commissioner Rajiv Kumar. Seeking custodial interrogation of former Kolkata Commissioner Rajiv Kumar, the CBI said that the investigation also revealed that the Bidhannagar police, along with the ruling Trinamool and Sharda group of West Bengal, hid the evidence at Rajiv Kumar’s behest.
Ghosh was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate as a witness in October 2013, which revealed that Rajiv Kumar was in contact with ED officials during the interrogation of the arrested accused, Sudipta Sen, Debayani Mukherjee and other witnesses. This inquiry was held during September to November 2013. It was ensured by the authorities that the evidence given by these accused persons or witnesses should not be taken on record, as a part of the investigation was aimed at protecting influential persons.
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The CBI has claimed that regular amounts were paid from the CM Relief Fund, which was Rs 27 lakh per month between May 2013 and April 2015. It was said in the application that this amount was allegedly given to pay salaries of employees of media company, which was part of Sharda Group of Companies under investigation.
A total of Rs 6.21 crore was paid to Tara TV Employees Welfare Association from the Chief Minister Relief Fund of West Bengal. The CBI has said that a letter was written to the Chief Secretary, West Bengal on 16 October 2018 to investigate the payment to a private media company but despite several efforts, the state government gave incomplete answers.
The CBI cited a High Court order which ordered that ‘the salaries of the employees should be paid from the available funds’ and it was not stated anywhere that the employees of a private TV channel should be paid with the Chief Minister’s relief. The payment from CM Relief Fund indicates a big conspiracy and nexus.
It has been claimed that the correspondence between the CBI and the state authorities will show that a concerted effort was made to avoid the process of law. In 2013, the CBI, citing interrogation of former Rajya Sabha MP Kunal Kumar Ghosh, said that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the promoter of the Saradha group- Sudipta Sen had good relations. The investigation agency said that call detail records of two numbers of Sen and Ghosh reveal that they had 298 conversations at one number and 9 times at another. Earlier, the top court handed over the investigation to the CBI in 2014.