Pleading for TMC govt lands Sibal in dock

The Congress on Wednesday strongly disapproved former minister Kapil Sibal who pleaded for the West Bengal government in Saradha chit fund scam case in the Supreme Court.

“We sincerely hope that he would take note of the feeling of the workers of the West Bengal Congress,” AICC spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told reporters.Sibal pleading the case of political rival Trinamool Congress-led government’s case in the apex court came in for sharp criticism from West Bengal Congress leaders.Interestingly, Congress leader Abdul Mannan had played a key role in filing a petition in the Supreme Court which led to the CBI probe into the multi-crore Saradha scam.

West Bengal Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury threatened that Sibal would not be allowed to step into the state and would face protests. The AICC appeared to endorse Chowdhury. 

Renowned painter Samir Aich, who contested the Lok Sabha elections unsuccessfully on a Congress ticket from Jadavpur, announced his decision to quit the party as a mark of protest against Sibal’s actions.

AICC General Secretary, in-charge of party affairs in West Bengal, said he had conveyed the feelings of the party workers in the state to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

The Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government and the Trinamool Congress had moved separate petitions in the Supreme Court on Monday seeking a court-monitored CBI probe into the scam. They had alleged that the CBI was acting as an “instrument” of the Modi government and targeting Trinamool leaders.Sibal had appeared in the Supreme Court on behalf of the West Bengal government.

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