News Post - Live, Latest and Breaking news from Assam & India. The new Assamese News Portal on Politics, Business, International news, Bollywood and much more Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:45:23 +0530 News Post en-gb Saradha scam: CBI searches premises of Himanta Biswa Sarma and Anjan Dutta

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday carried out searches at 22 locations including the homes and offices of two former Assam ministers — Himanta Biswa Sarma and Anjan Dutta —in connection with its probe in alleged swindling of investors’ deposits by Saradha group.

CBI sources said searches were conducted at 12 locations in Guwahati, two in Dhubri, Assam, seven in Kolkata and one place in Mumbai in connection with the scam.

Those whose premises were searched in Thursday’s operation included former Assam Ministers and MLAs Himanta Biswa Sarma and Anjan Dutta, former DGP of Assam Shankar Baruah and singer Sadananda Gogoi.

Mr. Sarma was a powerful minister in Tarun Gogoi Cabinet since 2001 but was dropped by the Chief Minister after he spearheaded a campaign to dislodge Mr. Gogoi. Mr. Dutta is considered a Gogoi loyalist who handled important porfolios like transport.

In Kolkata, premises of one Bapi Karim, who was a personal assistant to a minister, industrialists Sajjan and Sandhir Agarwal, a former IPS officer Deben Biswas and one Asif Khan were searched.

There are four FIRs against Saradha Group in which it is alleged that thousands of investors were allegedly duped by the company officials and their associates who swindled their deposits. Besides, there are 44 FIRs in Odisha against ponzi companies.

The Supreme Court had handed over the Saradha chit fund scam probe to CBI and asked the State governments to provide all logistical help to the CBI team investigating the matter.

CBI has formed a Special Investigating Team (SIT) headed by Joint Director Rajeev Singh to also probe the role of Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and RBI.

“Investigation conducted so far puts a question mark on the role of regulatory authorities like SEBI, Registrar of Companies and officials of RBI within whose respective jurisdictions and areas of operation the scam not only took birth but flourished unhindered,” an apex court bench headed by Justice T.S. Thakur had said in its order.

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Burdwan blast accused sent to jail A lower court here on Tuesday sent the six accused arrested in connection with the Burdwan blast case from lower Assam’s Barpeta district to judicial custody....
Guwahati: A lower court here on Tuesday sent the six accused arrested in connection with the Burdwan blast case from lower Assam's Barpeta district to judicial custody.

This is the third time within a span of one month that the six have been sent to jail.

Assam Police had arrested all of them on October 10 from various places in the district for having links with the Burdwan blast case and spreading fundamentalist ideology.

There were speculation that National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing the case, would seek their custody but the investigation agency didn't.

The accused — father-son duo of Siraj Ali Khan and Shaikhul Islam, Rafikul Islam, Jahuruddin, Golam Osmani and Sarbesh Ali — were arrested on October 10. They accused of being members of a module operating under the Jamatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).

Shaikhul Islam alias Abdulla was suspected to be a key member of the module operating in Assam and an associate of Shakil Ahmed alias Shamin, a JMB activist who died in the Burdwan blast.

Police said Shaikhul had been trained in Simulia Madrassa of Burdwan district in West Bengal and also in another Madrassa in Murshidabad.

Meanwhile, key accused Shahanur Alom's wife, Sujena, who is in police custody, will appear before the court on November 22. NIA is expected to seek her custody.

"The NIA team reached Bangladesh and handed over a list of suspected Bangladeshi militants believed to be behind the blast to intelligence agencies in Dhaka. They also sought Bangladesh's help in capturing the suspects," said an NIA source.

However, Bangladesh security forces said that they would first examine the list as militants usually take different names to evade arrest.

The source added, "The list contained some 25 to 30 names, including a few from Assam."

Assam Police had arrested the six Burdwan blast accused on October 10 from various places of Barpeta district. This is the third time within a span of one month that the six have been sent to judicial custody


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