Cbi investigates over Rs 21,000 pending Cr bank fraud cases in 5 non-Bjp states

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was unable to start investigating bank fraud cases worth more than Rs 21,000 crore due to lack of consent from five non-BJP ruled states, including Maharashtra, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh in the past three years, the Rajya Sabha was briefed on Thursday.
Out of a total of 128 claims, involving bank fraud of Rs 21,074.43 crore, a maximum of 101 claims were pending with Maharashtra (involving an amount of Rs 20,312.53 crore) from 2019 to 2022 (till February 28, 2022), he said.

Twelve such requests were pending with Punjab (involving Rs 298.94 crore), eight were pending with Chhattisgarh (Rs 157.26 crore), six with West Bengal (Rs 293.64 crore) and one with Rajasthan (Rs 12.06 crore), according to a written response from Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh.

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Nine states – Mizoram, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Kerala, Jharkhand, Punjab and Meghalaya – have withdrawn their general consent for the CBI to investigate cases, he said.

A total of 173 applications were pending with seven of these states for CBI investigation, including a maximum of 132 from Maharashtra, 16 from Punjab, eight from Chhattisgarh, seven from Jharkhand, six from West Bengal and two each with Kerala and Rajasthan, depending on the answer.

He reported that 101 authorizations were granted to the CBI to investigate cases by these nine states in 2019 and 2022 (until February 28, 2022). It included 52 clearances granted by Maharashtra, 27 by Punjab, nine by Rajasthan, eight by Jharkhand, four by Kerala and one by Chhattisgarh, according to the response.


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