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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cong embarrassed, BJP aggressive, CPM, TMC reticent about Dalu's grilling by CBI

Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury (Dalu)
Malda, 22 September, 2014: District political circles kept speculating the consequence of the grilling of the Congress MP from Malda south Abhu Hasem Khan Choudhury (Dalu) on Monday in Kolkata by the CBI in connection with Saradha chit-fund scam probe.

It has been learnt from sources that Dalu was summoned by CBI in connection to his two letters to the Prime Minister wherein he made contrasting observations against Saradha group. In his first letter to the PM in September, 2011 Dalu raised several allegations against Saradha group. However, in his second etter (dated 15 March, 2012) Dalu withdrew the previous complaint and virtually praises the Saradha group.

Page 1 of Dalu's second letter to Prime Minister withdrawing allegation against Saradha
District Congress general secretary Narendranath Tiwary had a talk with Dalu on Monday afternoon after the CBI grilled the latter this morning. “I had a talk with him. We still believe that CBI probe would reveal the truth. We do not want to shield anyone. But we believe that Dalu Babu wrote the contrasting letters regarding Saradha under influence of others. He should disclose the names who urged him to write those letters,” Tiwary said.

Page 1 of Dalu's second letter to Prime Minister withdrawing allegation against Saradha
Congress MLA and Dalu’s brother Abu Nasar Khan Choudhury (Lebu) too believes Dalu was made the scapegoat. “He is very innocent. I anticipate that some persons got those letters signed by him keeping in dark. It is a deliberate attempt to soil the image of our family and the Congress,” Lebu said.

Another Congress MP from Malda and district Congress president Mausam Noor, however, was not available for comment. Family sources informed that she was abroad with her husband and kid.

BJP leaders however believe that there was ‘a sort of deal’ between Dalu and the Saradha group owner Sudipta Sen that prompted Dalu to withdraw all allegations against the chit-fund company that ruined millions of people. District BJP general secretary Ajay Ganguly said, “We smell a rat behind Dalu’s two letters with complete opposite contents. CBI should not spare anyone and we think grilling Dalu extensively would reveal several facts about Saradha.”

District CPI-M secretary Ambar Mitra and Trinamul minister Krishnendu Choudhury however remained reticent regarding Dalu’s session with CBI. While Mitra said that CBI might summon anyone for the sake of the enquiry, Choudhury said that law would take its own course.

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