NIA probe in Saradha after Bangladesh foreign minister's complaint

Within a week of Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali's complaint to Indian authorities about Saradha fund transfer to cause disruptions in Bangladesh, New Delhi has deployed its elite National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe the charge.

New Delhi
Published : 1 Oct 2014, 05:58 AM
Updated : 1 Oct 2014, 10:40 AM

Three NIA officials arrived in Kolkata to conduct the investigations into the alleged fund transfers by Saradha chit fund to Jamaat-e-Islami in Bangladesh.

During his recent visit to New Delhi, Ali had told India's National Security Adviser Ajit Doval that the Saradha funds had been sent to the Jamaat to cause 'large scale disruptions' in Bangladesh to stall the Jan 5 parliament polls at thecbehest of Trinamool Congress lawmaker Ahmed Hassan Imran.

Imran was thick with the Jamaat and had earlier been a top local leader of the now banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).

He was said to be the mastermind behind the orchestrated violence that forced writer Taslima Nasrin to leave Kolkata and the protests against the war crimes trials in the city last year.

"We have taken the allegations made and the inputs given by Bangladesh very seriously. The NIA has been asked to investigate the charges," said an official at the Indian home ministry.

"The Hasina regime has been very mindful of our security concerns and we cannot be unconcerned about theirs," the official said but was not willing to be named.

The NIA officials have already met those of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) who are investigating the Saradha chit fund scam.

"They are trying to check the Saradha money trail and the role some politicians played in it," the home ministry official said.

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