Mamata Banerjee / Calcutta High Court imposed a fine of Rs 50 lakh on Mamata government, gave this warning

Zoom News : Sep 15, 2023, 08:48 PM
Mamata Banerjee: Calcutta High Court on Friday imposed a fine of Rs 50 lakh on the West Bengal government in a case of contempt of court. A single bench of Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay has imposed this fine for not following the order. Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay directed the state government to deposit the fine amount in the office of the Registrar General of Calcutta High Court within the next two weeks. The court had directed the CBI to hand over documents related to the investigation of a case of money laundering by a cooperative society in Alipurduar district of West Bengal, but the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has not yet implemented the order.

Instructions to hand over the documents to CBI by September 18

The court also directed the CID to hand over all documents and papers related to the investigation to the CBI by September 18. He also warned that if his order was not implemented this time, he would call the state Chief Secretary to court. Justice Gangopadhyay said, “CID has been investigating this case for a long time, but till now it is not known who are behind the disturbance. But I know who did it. You are enjoying the money of the poor. People who earlier used to travel by bicycle are now buying four-wheelers.

HC had ordered CBI investigation into money laundering case

The Jalpaiguri Circuit Bench of the Calcutta High Court on August 25 this year ordered a CBI probe into allegations of money laundering by a cash-lending co-operative society in Alipurduar. The order was based on a petition filed by Kalpana Das Sarkar in the circuit bench alleging that the co-operative society first collected huge deposits from investors from the market and then distributed the money in the form of loans to people associated with it. .

Cooperative society officials did not take any action

Despite not returning the loan even after a lapse of time, no action was initiated against him by the officials of the cooperative society for recovery of the loan. The case was referred for investigation by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of West Bengal Police, but no progress could be made in the investigation process. Therefore, the petitioner approached the Circuit Bench demanding a central agency investigation into the matter.

High Court rejected CID's petition

However, instead of following the order, the CID approached Justice Gangopadhyay's bench for reconsideration of the earlier order by the Jalpaiguri Circuit Bench. That petition of CID was rejected on Friday. According to estimates, the total fund embezzlement in this case is around Rs 50 crore, which has been defrauded from 21,163 investors. (IANS)