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WB, TMC move SC for court-monitored probe into Saradha

Around 10.25 am, TMC party general secretary Mahua Moitra’s petition was filed, which was placed by the former Additional Solicitor General Vivek Tanka on behalf of the party. Moitra’s petition was followed by West Bengal government’s petition, which was filed by  senior Congress leader and former law minister Kapil Sibal. Speaking to the Millennum Post, Moitra said, “Yes we filed a petition before the apex court.”

In the petition, Moitra has raised several issues including alleged link between the CBI and the BJP in terms of selective leaks from the investigating agency to the ruling party. She claimed in the petition, “Even before the CBI’s action and decisions, BJP leaders are giving reactions on Saradha probe developments and making it public. How this can happen,” she questioned.

“Direct and restrain the CBI  from selective leaks in terms of the judgment dated May 09, 2014 to the media/press,’ one of her pleas read. “The present application is being preferred on behalf of the applicant, the General Secretary of WB Pradesh Trinamool Congress, for directions in the present case since it appears that the CBI is now merely acting as an instrument in the hands of the ruling government at the Centre.”

“That investigation was handed over to the CBI in the hope and trust that a fair investigation would be conducted that would justify the confidence of the people and the faith the court had reposed in them. Instead, the CBI is conducting a motivated investigation contrary to the mandate of this court, whereby public perception now is that the CBI is functioning at the behest of ruling party at the centre for a political vendetta against the party of applicant,” the plea said.

It further claimed that the court’s order was being ‘misused by CBI in collusion with the Central Government as a tool for political vendetta in the guise of an investigation.’ Meanwhile, Sibal in his petition on behalf of the state government says that the details of the ongoing probe in Saradha ponzi scam are ‘purposely’ being leaked and reaching other political parties before the accused gets that information. “The leakage is affecting the image of the West Bengal government,” Sibal’s petition read.

Both the petitions have been filed before the bench headed by Justice TS Thakur. The court is expected to hear both petitions later this week. Earlier, in April 2014, SC had said that it would not monitor the case unless the situation so demanded, the state government’s petition claimed that time had come for the apex court to personally monitor the case.
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