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Act fearlessly against Matang Sinh: PMO to CBI

The latest development came after country’s premier probe agency got in touch with the PMO on Tuesday after Sinh  started flexing his muscles in the corridor of power to secure his release. CBI has reportedly also told the PMO that a senior officer at the Ministry of Home Affairs tried to stall Sinh’s arrest in the scam.

It was learnt that during interrogation, Sinh dropped names of bureaucrats, as well as senior police officers in different agencies including CBI and paramilitary forces. Sources said, he even claimed to other CBI officers to arrange CBI’s SIT chief Rajeev Singh’s posting at prime posts during UPA rule.

On January 31, CBI has arrested Sinh in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam (which is related to Saradha Realty, one of the companies of the group which is being probed by the CBI) on charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating and misappropriation of funds, causing trepidation among members of the higher bureaucracy and police cops he is perceived to be friendly with.

Sources had informed that Sinh was called to the headquarters of Special Investigation Team in Kolkata where he was grilled by the team for over five hours before being arrested. Sinh also, allegedly, named many bureaucrats and reportedly claimed he influenced them for many benefits including favourable postings.

“His arrest became imminent as he was not cooperating with the investigation team, which prompted us to arrest him,” CBI sources said. It was learnt that probe agency expressed their dismay after Sinh flaunted his clout as the minister of state in the Narasimha Rao government. His influence crumbled down after Rao government and he diversified his media business.

Sources said CBI may ask for a review of the Z+ security cover Sinh enjoys, as well as a probe into how the former Union minister, who has already been charge-sheeted in a bank fraud case and figures in three other Saradha scam-related cases, got himself on the list of ‘VVIP’. Earlier, November 1, 2014, Millennium Post has published that Z+ security cover will be reviewed by the MHA.

Saradha scam kingpin Sudipta Sen had alleged that Sinh had taken Rs 28 crore from the Group to launch channel and didn’t return the money.

In February 2013, Sinh was charge-sheeted in a loan default case where he allegedly didn’t repay Rs 67 crore loan taken from Canara Bank for floating M-3 channel. There are allegation that Sinh had floated fake companies and forged invoices showing purchase of infrastructure and properties for the channel. The bank ultimately released Rs 67 crore on his accounts. However, he didn’t repay the bank after which Canara Bank declared the loan as Non Performing Asset (NPA) and wrote to CBI.
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