Left leaders meet Modi over Saradha scam probe

Left Front leaders from West Bengal, who are keen on distancing themselves from the Trinamool Congress (TMC) though they are united in stalling Parliament, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday to press for an effective probe into the Saradha chit fund scam.

Though some Left leaders have accompanied the TMC outside Parliament demanding that Modi speak on the conversion issue, the Left leaders called on the prime minister to demand for a “coordinated investigation” by various Central probe agencies.

The meeting took place against the backdrop of the CBI making it clear that it is yet to find any evidence against Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) leader in the scam, though arrested West Bengal Minister Madan Mitra tried to create a flutter by naming three CPM leaders.

Speaking after the five-member delegation met Modi, CPM leader Sitaram Yechury said different central agencies were probing in a “piecemeal” fashion. Yechury said: “The Supreme Court itself observed that there is a larger conspiracy and this extends beyond West Bengal, Tripura, Odisha, Assam and various parts of eastern India and in the country.

So we have requested the prime minister that since many of these agencies come under the Central government, there should be a coordinated investigation.... to reach the bottom of this scam.” Yechury said Modi had assured them that he would take up the issue seriously.

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