Kolkata, May 9 UNI | 3 months ago

Congress today demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on moral ground after the Supreme Court ordered a CBI probe into the Saradha chit fund scam.

Congress leader Adbul Mannan, who had filed a PIL in the apex court for transfer of the multi-million crore rupees Saradha Ponzi scam to CBI from the state SIT (special investigation team), told a media conference that the chief minister, who is also the police minister, should quit immediately owning moral responsibility for failure to arrest all the culprits involved in the financial scam.

Welcoming the SC order earlier today, Mr Mannan, along with former state chief Pradip Bhattacharya, said he hoped the poor investors would get back their money.

The apex court asked the CBI to investigate the ponzi scam which spread to Odisha, Assam and Tripura besides, other parts of the country.

Mr Mannan said the SIT failed to pinpoint the actual culprits and that is why the SC ordered handing over the probe to CBI.

He also demanded an apology from the CM to the people for harrassment caused to the poor investors over the past one year.

Left Front chairman Biman Bose, while welcoming the verdict said, they wanted the CBI inquiry to get to the truth. 'We are happy with the SC order,' added Mr Bose.

Congress state chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said the SC should also monitor the CBI inquiry into the scam.

(Posted on 10-05-2014)