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Did Amit Shah come to Srinjoy Bose’s rescue?

Did Amit Shah come to Srinjoy Bose’s rescue?
Top Trinamool Congress sources on Thursday claimed that BJP president Amit Shah came as a saviour for Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Srinjoy Bose in reportedly ‘securing his release’ in the Saradha case and directing CBI to go slow in the multi-crore Haldia Port scam presently being probed by the agency, that involves him and his father Swapan Sadhan (Tutu) Bose.

A party insider claimed that the arrangement was made to use Bose as a ‘pawn’ to break West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s bastion and mass support in the state, ahead of the next Assembly elections scheduled for 2016.

Ever since Bose’s resignation on Thursday - a day after his release on conditional bail - a rumour doing the rounds in political circles is that a deal was fixed between the saffron party and Bose to work against the TMC.

In a letter to Mamata, Bose thanked her for her concern and expressed to resign ‘with immediate effect’ admitting that ‘politics is not my cup of tea’.

Srinjoy was dragged into a CBI inquiry which  revealed that Ripley & Company owned by Bose had
allegedly duped the Ministry of Shipping of an estimated Rs 24,500 crore over the past 35 years.

Bose’s company has raised an estimated Rs 500 to Rs 700 crore per year from  exporters and importers allegedly without paying a single farthing to the Kolkata Port Trust (KPT), which is the parent body of the Haldia Dock Complex. “How can they carry out cargo handling in ten out of the 14 berths without sharing any revenue with the KPT,” CBI has asked.

Tutu and his son have held sway over the Haldia dock for decades and have never allowed anyone to take control of the area. Over these years, they allegedly ran the business and duped KPT of Rs 24,500 crores and now BJP has reportedly decided to use the shipping tycoon against Mamata and have forced him to resign from TMC.

Many feel that if he had refused to resign, then the consequences would have been worse with the Port scam hanging over them for the last few years.

“There was no way he could escape. On the one hand, his name was there in the Saradha scam and on the other in the Port scam. Intervention of BJP also helped Bose contain two influential labour leaders, backed by CPI (M) leader Lakshman Seth, from the Port operations,” sources said.

On November 21, 2014, Bose was arrested by the CBI in connection with the Saradha case. He was granted conditional bail that he would not leave India, would not threaten witnesses and respond to CBI’s summons. Meanwhile, the CBI has decided to challenge Bose’s conditional bail.
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