West Bengal: CBI files FIR in Alipurduar cooperative society fraud


KOLKATA: The CBI on Sunday registered an FIR in an alleged fraud at the “cooperative body” at Alipurduar in West Bengal following an order from the Calcutta high court in August this year.
The court had transferred the case from CID to the CBI and ED after it expressed unhappiness over the progress of the case.
In the petition filed with the court, the petitioners alleged that several members of the Alipurduar Mahila Rindan Samabay Samiti failed to return the money they had deposited with the society.
It was alleged that the society had taken a deposit of more than Rs 50 crore from its members and the money was given as a loan to some borrowers.
Borrowers never returned the money and the society could not repay the amount.
The organization went defunct after that.
An FIR was lodged with the Alipurduar police station in 2020 and the case was later handed over to the CID.
The CID had zeroed in on a few officials after three years of investigation and reported that more than 21,000 investors or depositors were cheated.
The court was however not happy with the CID and ordered both the CBI and ED to take over the investigation.
The court had later asked the CID to hand over the documents to both the agencies after the state investigation agency filed a recalling petition.
It was also alleged that although the body was not a cooperative society it had used the word samabay or cooperative. The CBI, in the FIR mentioned “malpractice” by the officials of the society who had given loans “at their whims”.


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