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Saradha scam: CBI sends notice to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation

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Kolkata: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is probing the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam, has sent a notice to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) seeking details about the licenses it issued to the tainted group.

Addressed to KMC’s chief manager (licensing), the notice has sought details about the trade and other licenses given to the Saradha Group of companies.

The notice dated June 4, has also sought details about the fees paid to the KMC for issuing the licences as well as information about the nature of business for which they were issued.

Reacting to the development, city Mayor Sovon Chatterjee accused the BJP-led central government of diluting the significance of the CBI.

“It’s an official letter to the KMC and whatever information they have sought we will provide. “But the way, the central government is diluting the significance of the CBI, its prestige, it really is worrisome,” he said on Monday.

KMC councilor Prakash Upadhyay, who had earlier approached the CBI as well as the Enforcement Directorate (ED) accusing Chatterjee of being involved in the scam and “unscrupulously issuing trade licenses to the company, welcomed the move.

“Many had doubted if my fight would yield result, but today I feel vindicated. I have always maintained that Chatterjee was involved and all the truth will come out,” he said.

Upadhyay had earlier submitted documents to both the CBI and the ED alleging that Chatterjee, also a legislator of the ruling Trinamool Congress, used his influence to give over 40 trade licences to a company of the Saradha group which has a registered office in Diamond Harbor which falls under his constituency.  (IANS)

 

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ED seizes Nirav Modi valuables worth Rs 36 cr

An ED official told IANS that joint searches with the CBI were carried from Thursday to early Saturday at Nirav Modi's palatial 'Samudra Mahal' residence in Mumbai

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday said it seized valuables worth over Rs 36 crore of absconding diamond jeweller Nirav Modi in connection with an ongoing probe into the Rs 14,500 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case. An ED official told IANS that joint searches with the CBI were carried from Thursday to early Saturday at Nirav Modi’s palatial ‘Samudra Mahal’ residence in Mumbai.

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Nirav Modi committed a fraud of 1400 cr with PNB. Facebook

The items seized included Rs 10-crore diamond ring, antique jewellery worth Rs 15 crore, high-end watches valued at Rs 1.40 crore, Rs 10 crore-worth paintings by renowned artists including M.F. Hussain, K.K. Hebbar and Amrita Shergil.

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The searches were conducted as part of a money trail by the ED and CBI after cases were registered against Nirav Modi and his business partner and uncle Mehul Choksi of the Gitanjali Group for defrauding the banks. Choksi and Nirav Modi fled the country in January around a month before the PNB filed its first complaint against them. They are still at large.

So far, the ED has carried out searches at some 251 properties across the country and seized diamond, gold, pearls, precious and semi-precious stones. The ED has also claimed to have attached immovable properties belonging to their business groups to the tune of Rs 7,638 crore. IANS

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