(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
April 28, 2013
Chit Fund scam Exposes TMC Govt
From Our special correspondent in Kolkata
chit fund scam in
Till this report is written, it has come into open that the Sharada group has collected deposits from thousands (actually lakhs) in the name of different companies and swindled the money. Their shady operations have collapsed and depositors have lost their money. That the company has collapsed came into daylight with the closure of media houses they were operating. Hundreds of agents came to street as they were being challenged by depositors. Group’s offices in districts were ransacked by angry depositors. In these demonstrations, anger was directed towards TMC ministers and TMC leaders.
Sen, the chief of
Sharada group fled from Kolkata and was later arrested in
all reports that
have appeared in media, one feature is clear: Sharada group
business in close collaboration with TMC. It was in fact a
even before the scam was busted. From 2009, after Trinamul
won majority seats
state government, led
by TMC deliberately refused to heed to any warning about
these shady funds. In
October 2012, Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) of
affairs ministry started probing the chit funds operating in
One Trinamul MP wrote to centre alleging irregularities, but no action was taken. In April 2012, union minister of state for health Abu Hasem Khan Chowdhury of the Congress wrote to the prime minister, alleging that chit funds were financing the Trinamul Congress. According to reports, then corporate affairs minister Veerappa Moily also confirmed there was a direct collusion between the chit funds and the ruling Trinamul Congress. He even accused a TMC MP of acting as a go-between.
RBI and the
state-level bankers’ committee (SLBC),
And now, it has come into open that the collusion between TMC and Sharada was deep. Two Rajya Sabha members of TMC_Kunal Ghosh and Srinjoy Bose have been directly indicted either taking large amounts from the group or entering into questionable “deals” with it. Another Lok Sabha member, worked as ‘brand ambassador’ of the company. Allegations have surfaced against ministers and many district and local level TMC leaders have come into public domain.
CPI(M) and Left Front have demanded independent enquiry and quick approval of the bill that Left Front government sent for assent. The chief minister, busy in shielding her associates and party leaders has also advised the losers that "What's gone is gone. Be patient. We are making a law for you." The opposition slammed Banerjee for such casual remark. Leader of the opposition Surjya Kanta Mishra said: "The CM's message is clear. She said, what's gone is gone and if there is more to be stolen, steal that as well."