Kolkata: Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha member Ahmed Hassan Imran was on Friday again grilled by the CBI about his alleged financial transactions with the tainted Saradha group, an agency official said.
Imran is the editor of “Kalom”, a vernacular daily that was owned by the Saradha Group till 2013 when it was bought by Kalom Welfare Association.
Quizzed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) earlier too, Imran appeared at its office at the CGO complex here in response to a summon.
“We had summoned him for questioning in Saradha case,” said a CBI officer.
Launched as a magazine, “Kalom” was turned into a daily newspaper after the Saradha group bought it in 2011.
The Enforcement Directorate which too is probing the case, had also interrogated him in August 2014 about his alleged financial transactions with the Saradha Group.
A global anti-corruption watchdog says the United States has dropped four spots in its list of nations’ anti-corruption efforts and is now no longer listed in the top 20 for the first time.
Acting U.S. Representative at Transparency International, Zoe Reiter, calls a four point drop in the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) a “red flag.”
She says it comes at a time when the U.S. is experiencing “threats to its system of checks and balances” and an “erosion of ethical norms at the highest levels of power.”
“If this trend continues, it would indicate a serious corruption problem in a country that has taken a lead on the issue globally,” Reiter says.
The United States scored a 71 in the perceptions index after scoring 75 the previous year.
“The expert opinion captured by the CPI supports the deep concern over corruption in government reported by America in our 2017 survey. Both experts and the public believe the situation is getting worse,” Reiter said.
Transparency International uses several criteria for measuring how well a country is fighting corruption, including checks and balances on political power, controls on conflicts of interest and private influence on government, and voter suppression.