The Asian Age

Assam ex- mantris may get sum­mons

- MANOJ ANAND

The Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion prob­ing the multi- crore ru­pees Saradha scam may sum­mon ex- min­is­ters Hi­manta Biswa Sarma, An­jan Dutta and ex- DGP Shankar Baruah soon for ques­tion­ing on charges of tak­ing pro­tec­tion money from Sudipta Sen.

In­form­ing that busi­ness­man Ra­jesh Ba­jaj and singer Sadananda Go­goi were the key link of Sudipta Sen with politi­cians and the po­lice, au­thor­i­ta­tive sources in the CBI told this news­pa­per that after Manoran­jana Sinh, es­trange wife of ex­u­nion min­is­ter Matang Sinh, the agency has been ques­tion­ing Mr Ba­jaj and Mr Go­goi who were in­stru­men­tal in clinch­ing the deal of “pro­tec­tion money”.

In­form­ing that apart from politi­cians and the po­lice, many jour­nal­ists also got away with huge amount of money of Saradha to buy peace from the in­sur­gent groups of the state for the company, sources said that Sudipta Sen con­fessed that he was forced to spend a huge amount of pub­lic money on the po­lice, politi­cians and me­dia in Assam.

Though, the CBI was tight- lipped about their fu­ture course of ac­tion. On asked about clar­i­fi­ca­tion of ex- min­is­ters whose houses were raid- ed, CBI sources said that raids are con­ducted after due con­sid­er­a­tion and home works when­ever it is nec­es­sary for in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Mr Sarma, mean­while, ap­peared be­fore the me­dia on Mon­day to clar­ify that he met Sudipta Sen in a so­cial gath­er­ing and in­au­gu­rated his bis­cuit fac­tory at Dhubri in Assam on re­quest of jour­nal­ist Su­bir Bhaumik who worked for BBC as a cor­re­spon­dent.

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