SC turns down plea to monitor CBI investigation into Saradha scam

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The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the plea requesting to monitor the ongoing CBI investigation into the Saradha chit fund scam in West Bengal.

A two-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna did not allow the application filed by some investors that despite the apex court’s 2013 order directing the investigation agency to probe the chit fund scam, the investigation had not attained finality.

The bench said that they were not inclined to set up a monitoring committee to monitor the chit fund scam probe.

The top court had earlier in 2013 transferred the probe into the scam to the CBI.

On February 5, the Supreme court had directed Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to appear before the investigation agency and cooperate into the investigation of cases arising out of the chit fund scam, while making it clear that no coercive steps including arrest would be taken against Kumar.

The CBI had approached the Supreme court alleging that Rajeev Kumar, who was leading the special investigation team (SIT) probe into Saradha chit fund scam, tampered with the electronic evidence and handed over documents to the investigation agency some of which were “doctored”.