Saradha scam: CBI  to grill CPI-M leader

Rabin Deb is the first communist leader to be summoned for interrogation 

Kolkata : West Bengal’s Opposition Communist Party of India (Marxist) which has been continuously campaigning against Trinamool Congress leadership including Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for their involvement in multi-crore Saradha scam is now facing an embarrassing situation after the CBI summoned a senior party leader.

The CBI on Thursday summoned Rabin Deb, a CPI(M) state committee member and Suvendu Adhikari, a Trinamool Congress MP to come to the CBI office in connection with the Saradha scam. Rabin Deb is the first CPI (M) leader who was summoned by the CBI for interrogation about the scam.

“They have been summoned for questioning regarding the Saradha scam,” the CBI official said.

The Trinamool Congress leadership has been continuously demanding that the CBI was only interrogating the Trinamool Congress leaders and the central probing agency was not interrogating any leader of the CPI (M) who were allegedly involved into the scam.  Trinamool Congress leadership alleged that the chit funds were established in Bengal during the regime of the Left Front Government.

To protest the ‘partisan’ attitude of the CBI the women wing of Trinamool Congress led by the Deputy Speaker of West Bengal Legislative Assembly Sonali Guha and West Bengal Minister of state for health staged a sit in demonstration in front of the CBI office at the CGO Complex in salt Lake last week.

When media persons asked Surya Kanta Mishra, leader of the Opposition about the matter he said that his party had sent five letters to the Prime Minister and President of India expressing their concern about the mushrooming of chit funds in the state. But the Union Government did not take any action. He said that it would be good if the CBI speak to Rabin Deb because he has many things to tell them.

Sujan Chakraborty, another CPI (M) leader said that the CBI called Rabin Deb not as an accused of the case but they have summoned him as a witness.

“It is good for us. Deb will lodge fresh complain with the CBI about the multi crore scam,” he said.

However, Rabin Deb said that as he was pre occupied and he could not go to CBI office on Thursday. But he would appear before the CBI office in a day or two.

The arrested Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Kunal Ghosh had lodged complaint with the CBI about the involvement of some party leaders in the scam including Suvendhu Adhikari, the Trinamool Congress Tamluk MP who took a leading role during the Nandigram movement which helped the ruling party to defeat the Left Front Government in 2011 West Bengal Assembly election.

Ambar Mukherjee

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