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‘Corrupt’ West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar named in Jain Hawala Case chargesheet: Mamata Banerjee

This development comes on the heels of the Bengal Governor sought a ‘special audit’ of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) after reports of corruption and malpractices surfaced.

June 28, 2021 / 07:17 PM IST
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee (PTI Photo)

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee (PTI Photo)

Seeking the removal of West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar once again, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on June 28 called him a “corrupt” man who was named “in the chargesheet of the Jain Hawala case”.

She said: “This Governor was named in the 1996 Jain hawala case. I am sorry to say, but he is a corrupted man. Why did the central government allow such a person to become a Governor? If the Centre does not know it, then I am telling them. Check the chargesheet, you will know if he was named or not.”

Notably, the Jain Hawala scandal or the Jain Diaries Case is a hawala scam that dates back to the 1990s. The names of several politicians had surfaced when the matter involving payments sent through four hawala brokers – the Jain brothers -- was probed. Some of the country's leading politicians had been named in the $18 million Jain Hawala scandal.

Mamata Banerjee said at a press conference held on June 28 that she has written three letters for the removal of Jagdeep Dhankhar already.

The CM said: “I have written three letters for removal of West Bengal Governor. Why should he dictate even after our government getting a huge mandate?”

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This development comes on the heels of the Bengal Governor sought a ‘special audit’ of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) after reports of corruption and malpractices surfaced.

He had tweeted: “Several other organizations as well expressed concern at lack of grass root democracy #GTA area for two decades. Lack of audit breeds corruption and ignores governance transparency and accountability @MamataOfficial. Administrator #GTA directed to brief me on all issues.”

(With agency inputs)



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