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Chit fund scam: Left Front demands CBI to question Mamata

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Kolkata: Raising the issue of multi billion rupee chit fund scandal, Left Front on Tuesday demanded the CBI to summon Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for questioning. They also attacked the central government for giving clean chits to those responsible for the scam.

“The main culprits should be arrested. The chief minister should be served a notice for appearing for questioning,” LF spearhead CPI-M state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra told a gathering of chit fund sufferers during a demonstration outside the local Central Bureau of Investigation office.

Pressing for their twin demands of punishing those responsible for the scam and returning the money of the duped depositors, the LF took out a rally from Hudco crossing to the Central Government Office complex at Salt Lake that housed the CBI office.

Mishra said the sufferers would get back their money if the Trinamool Congress government was ousted.

“So we have to unify all the left forces. If we come back to power, all those Trinamool men who have looted the people will got to jail. We will attach their property and the money will be used to repay the duped depositors of chit funds,” he said.

Going hammer and tongs at union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Mishra said the central minister during his first budget speech in had promised to take action against those behind chit fund scams.

“But now, he comes to Kolkata, attends investment summit and gives clean chit to those very people against whom he had promised to act.”

Left Front chairman Biman Bose said the “government of extortionists and thieves” should be ousted.

“Unless you can change this government, people will not get back their money. We have to launch a massive struggle in all districts.”

CPI-M politburo member Mohammad Salim alleged the higher ups in the CBI are not allowing the officers in the state to question Banerjee. “They are apprehensive of trouble. I tell them, that if the Trinamool creates chaos, a larger number of people in the state will support the CBI.” (IANS)(Photo: www.newsmobile.in)

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Khaleda Zia granted bail in 2008 corruption case

Khaleda is a two-time Bangladesh Prime Minister, having ruled from 1991-96 and again from 2001-06

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Khaleeda Zia granted 64 months bail. IANS

Bangladesh Nationalist Party Chairperson Khaleda Zia, convicted in a corruption case, was granted bail on Monday.

BNP leader Zia secured a four-month bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case in which she was handed five years of imprisonment by a Bangladesh court.

“Now, there is no legal bar to let Khaleda walk out of prison on bail,” Bangladesh Daily Star quoted BNP Advocate Sagir Hossain Leon as saying.

Earlier today, a bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim passed the bail order in response to a petition moved by Khaleda before a high court back in February.

Her bail was considered on four grounds, including her health condition.

Further, the high court directed the concerned authority to prepare the paper book of the case within the next four months for hearing the appeal she filed against her conviction in the case.

The high court sentenced Zia’s eldest son and Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s (BNP) Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman and four others for at least 10 years with a fine of 2.10 crore Bangladeshi takas (Tk).

The Anti-Corruption Commission had earlier filed a case in 2008 with Ramna Police Station, accusing six persons including Khaleda and her son Tarique.

Khaleda is a two-time Bangladesh Prime Minister, having ruled from 1991-96 and again from 2001-06.

In a political career spanning almost four decades, Khaleda went to the jail several times but was never convicted. She was detained several times during the anti-Ershad movement between the 1980s and 1990s.

In March 1983, she was made vice-chairperson of BNP after her husband and former Bangladesh President Ziaur was assassinated.

She went on to become the party’s chairperson in 1984, a position which she holds today. May 10, 1984.

Since the last three decades, Bangladeshi politics have been dominated by Zia and current Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

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