AGARTALA, April 27 - In a significant move, the State Government has recommended CBI investigation into all the 74 chit fund-related cases to ensure justice to the people who have been duped by firms.
Following a writ petition, the Tripura High Court had ordered constitution of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe cases related to Non Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) and accordingly, the State Government agreed to it.
The SIT, headed by Inspector General (IG) GK Rao, has taken up the 74 cases for investigation. Meanwhile, the CBI had prayed before the High Court of Tripura to allow it to investigate 11 cases being handled by the SIT to trace the money trail.
�Now the State Government has decided that it will have no objection to the CBI plea for investigation into the said 11 cases,� said an official release issued by the Home Department here today.
�Further, the State Government has decided to hand over the remaining 63 NBFC cases that are being investigated by the SIT for further CBI investigation. Accordingly, a proposal has already been sent to the Centre, Department of Personnel and Training, on April 19 requesting for investigation by CBI in respect of 63 NBFC cases,� the release added.
It means all the chit fund-related cases will be investigated by the country�s premier investigating agency, a demand raised by the BJP and the Congress during the campaign for the 2018 Assembly elections.
The CBI has already intensified its investigation process as two former ministers � Bijita Nath and Badal Chowdhury � were grilled by the CBI sleuths.
When contacted, former State Finance Minister and CPI (M) Central committee member Badal Chowdhury on Thursday admitted that he faced CBI interrogation in connection with Rose Valley scam, but he did not reveal the details.
After the grilling session, Chowdhury joined the party�s State secretary, Bijan Dhar, in a meeting held at the party headquarters in Melarmath here.