In 2008, former chief minister Manik Sarkar inaugurated the Rose Valley Park and urged the people to invest money with their company .

Agartala: Severely criticising former Tripura chief minister and leader of the Opposition Manik Sarkar for protecting chit fund companies, BJP MLA Sushanta Choudhury, on the floor of the House, blamed the senior Left front leader of trying to misguide people by sharing wrong facts and figures.

Expressing serious concern over the presence of chit-fund companies, including Rose Valley, etc, in the state, the BJP MLA, on the third day of the ongoing state assembly session, has demanded the state government to take initiative to return the money of those allegedly ‘looted’ by these companies.

Replying to a query on Tuesday, deputy chief minister Jishnu Dev Varma, who is also looking after finance portfolio, said that altogether 117 chit fund companies have not returned Rs 332.46 crore (approximately) to the depositors. “The Special Investigation Team (SIT), formed by the government, committees formed by the respective DMs, SPs etc, have attached movable and immovable properties of 20 chit-fund companies over the years,” he said.

Raising a supplementary, BJP MLA Choudhury said, “More than 142 chit fund companies were promoted by the then Left Front government in Tripura since 2011 and former chief minister Manik Sarkar fooled the people saying the looted money amounted to Rs 1,172 crore.”

He said, “The owner of Waris Group of companies expressed its desire to the former chief minister Sarkar to return some amount of the depositors’ money. But Sarkar did not take steps to make it happen. Had the then Manik Sarkar government taken steps, some poor people and depositors would have got their money back,” the BJP MLA regretted.

Meanwhile, BJP MLA Choudhury has urged the state government to form a high-power committee so that some of the depositors’ money can be returned from some of the chit-fund companies, including the Waris Group of Company.

In reply to the query, state deputy chief minister said that SIT has been formed and issue is lying in the high court currently. “But still, I will note down the suggestion made by the member of the Assembly,” he added.

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