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’Hand over all chit fund cases to CBI’

BY OUR STAFF REPORTER

GUWAHATI, January 8: Taking the tirade against chit fund companies in Assam further, the Gauhati High Court on Thursday asked the State government to hand over all chit fund cases to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Based on hearing of a chit fund case, the High Court bench comprising Chief Justice (acting) K Sreedhar Rao and Justice AK Goswami, in its order, also asked the State government to hand over cases which were already probed by the State–based investigating agencies to the CBI.

So far 212 cases have been registered against 128 chit fund companies in the State, which include Saradha Group, Rose Valley, UniPay2U, Jeevan Suraksha, Prayag, Basil Intertiol Limited, Daffodils among others. The investigating agencies based in the State have so far filed chargesheet in 17 such cases and 106 bank accounts worth over Rs 24 crore have been frozen.

Sources said that though the High Court had given instruction to hand over all chit fund cases to the country’s premiere investigating agency, the State government had already handed over 15 such cases to the CBI. But the investigating agency only took up 2 cases out of 15 for investigation.

It may be mentioned that the State government had handed over 15 chit fund cases to the CBI last year vide letter no. PLA(V)151/2012/186), dated May 6, 2013.

In such cases, 303 persons have been arrested so far in the State and around 9 bighas of land and some buildings have been attached by the investigating agencies.

THE FACT SHEET
*    212 cases have been registered against 128 chit fund companies
*     Chargesheet in 17 such cases filed so far
*     106 bank accounts worth over Rs 24 crore frozen so far
*    15 such cases handed over to CBI for probe 
*    2 such cases out of 15 taken up by CBI for investigation so far

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