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Bakibur Rahaman gave huge interest-free loan to arrested Trinamool MLA’s wife, daughter: ED

Kolkata, Nov 11 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) probing the multi-crore ration distribution case in West Bengal has got specific information about Bakibur Rahaman, the Kolkata-based businessman arrested in connection with the case, extending huge unsecured and interest-free loans to the wife and daughter of state minister Jyotipriya Mallick, who is also in ED custody in connection with the same case.

Sources said that as per information available with the central agency, theloanextended by Rahaman to the minister’sdaughterwas to the tune of Rs 9 crore and the entireamount was unsecured andinterest-free.

Theloanwas extended during the 2016-18, when Mallick was the Food & Supplies Minister. Currently, he is the Forest Minister.

The EDon Saturday approached a special court in Kolkata seeking permission to question Rahaman at the Presidency Jail where he is serving judicial custody, to which the court agreed. Rahaman’s judicial custody ends on November 22.

Sources said that the central agency wants to question him on his compulsion to extend such ahugeamount of unsecured andinterest-freeloanto the minister’swifeanddaughter.

TheEDwants to conform whether there was any kind of influential pressure on thearrestedbusinessman to extend suchhugeloans.

Political observers feel that in the wake of the fresh evidence secured by theED,the minister’s earlier claims of not knowing Rahaman at all has been demolished totally.

Besides being accused of selling flour meant for publicdistributionsystem (PDS) in the open market, especially to certain packaged-flour marketing entities, Rahaman is also accused of procuring paddy from farmers below the minimum support price by floating a fake farmers’ cooperative and selling the same paddy at prices above the minimum support price.

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Businessmanarrestedinrationdistributioncasegavehugeinterest-freeloanto Mallick’swife,daughter:ED

Kolkata, Nov 11 (IANS):Enforcement Directorate (ED) sleuths probing the multi- crorerationdistributioncasein West Bengal has got specific information about Bakibur Rahaman, the Kolkata- based businessmanarrestedin thecase, extendedhugeunsecured andinterest-freeloans to thewifeanddaughterof West Bengal minister Jyotipriya Mallick, who is also inEDcustody now in relation thecase.

Sources said that as per information available with the central agency sleuths, theloanextended by Rahaman to the minister’sdaughterwas to the tune of Rs 9 crore and the entireloanamount was unsecured andinterest-free. Theloanwas extended during the financial year 2016-18, when Mallick was the erstwhile state food & supplies minister. Currently, he is the state food minister

EDon Saturday has approached a special court in Kolkata for permission to question Rahaman at the Presidency Central Correctional Home in South Kolkata where he is serving his judicial custody. The court had allowedEDsleuths to question Rahaman at the correctional home. His current judicial custody is till November 22, when he will be presented at the special court again.

Sources said that the central agency sleuths want to question him on his compulsion to extend such ahugeamount of unsecured andinterestfreeloanto the minister’swifeanddaughter. TheEDsleuths want to confirm whether there was any kind of influential pressure on thearrestedbusinessman to extend suchhugeloans.

Observers feel that in wake of the fresh evidence secured by theEDsleuths the minister’s earlier claims of not knowing Rahaman at all has been demolished totally.

Besides being accused of selling flour meant for publicdistributionsystem (PDS) in the open market especially to certain packaged- flour marketing entities, Rahaman is also accused of procuring paddy from farmers below minimum support price by floating fake farmer’s cooperative and selling the same paddy at prices above the minimum support price.

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