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Home ministry 'unaware'

Home ministry 'unaware'

Intelligence agency looks into allegations; Indian home minister says probe on

As the Indian media claim Dhaka communicated with New Delhi over the allegation that Saradha scam money was funnelled to Jamaat, the Bangladesh home ministry says it is “unaware” of any such development.

Indian Bangla daily Anandabazar Patrika yesterday said crores of money from Saradha chit fund scam was invested to spark violence in Bangladesh.

Citing “intelligence reports of Bangladesh”, the newspaper said the money made its way to Jamaat-e-Islami in 2012-13 through Ahmed Hassan Imran, a Rajya Sabha member from West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress. 

Bangladesh government even registered an “official complaint” with India, it claimed.

But State Minister for Home Asaduzzaman Khan, when contacted by The Daily Star, said he was “unaware” of any such allegation. He rather advised the reporter to talk with Additional Home secretary (political) Kamal Uddin Ahmed.

Kamal Uddin Ahmed said his ministry had no information regarding the Jamaat-Saradha connection, and so there was no question of communicating with India over the issue.

According to sources, following an Indian media report at the end of last month, an influential minister of Bangladesh asked top officials of an intelligence agency to probe the allegation.

The agency then shared the matter with the Indian authorities, the sources claimed.   

The Jamaat, however, in a statement brushed aside the allegation, terming it baseless and politically motivated.

The scam, in which the Saradha Group allegedly conned thousands of investors out of crores, is being probed by India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate.

On September 9, the Enforcement Directorate questioned Ahmed Hassan Imran in Kolkata in connection with the allegation, which the lawmaker denies.  

The Trinamool MP was executive editor of a Bengali newspaper "Kalom". He owned the newspaper before selling his shares to the Saradha group for Rs 2 lakh, sources said.

Also as part of the probe, CBI yesterday arrested famous Assamese singer Sadananda Gogoi.

The agency sources said Gogoi was allegedly acting as a conduit for arrested Saradha Chairman Sudipta Sen in the scam and lured influential people using his contacts.

With this arrest, a total of 10 persons have been nabbed by CBI in connection with the scam. They include former West Bengal director general of police and Trinamool Congress leader Rajat Majumdar.

A leading lawyer from Odisha also came under CBI scanner, reports our New Delhi correspondent.

Yesterday, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the law would take its own course in the investigation.

"Law will take its own course and the government will not interfere in the probe", Singh told the media when a journalist asked him about news reports linking Saradha fund with the Trinamool MP and Jamaat.

On Thursday, a senior leader of Bharatiya Janata Party told journalists that West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool chief had funded Jamaat-e-Islami in Bangladesh.

Mamata sent money taken from the scam-tainted Saradha Group to the outfit in exchange for its help to influence voters in Bengal and win elections, alleged BJP leader Siddhartha Nath Singh.

He added that certain newspapers both in Bangladesh and India had reported the issue, adds The Hindu.

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