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Hand over security scam probe to CBI: Sikkim BJP

Sikkim BJP president DB Chauhan has demanded that the alleged Multi-Commodity Exchange (MCX) scam involving Sikkim should be investigated by the CBI and not by the State Vigilance Police. “The

Sikkim BJP president DB Chauhan has demanded that the alleged Multi-Commodity Exchange (MCX) scam involving Sikkim should be investigated by the CBI and not by the State Vigilance Police.

“The State government has recently announced Vigilance department to investigate the doubts created by MCX trading. However, the BJP feels that such a huge matter which is spread to other States also besides Sikkim can only be properly investigated through CBI or Enforcement Directorate. Hence, the BJP demands the State government to expeditiously transfer the matter to CBI,” said Chauhan in a press statement on Tuesday.

Earlier this month, national media had reported a staggering rise in MCX transactions from Sikkim-based traders. It was reported that Sikkim’s share in MCX trading for February alone stood over $6 billion which amounts to around Rs 45,000 crore. At the same time, the number of Sikkim-based traders in MCX has increased to 2217 compared to 674 in February 2020.

Claims have been made that outside businessmen are using Sikkim residents as proxies to do MCX trading to take undue advantage of the income tax exemption given to the Sikkimese.

“Doubts are rising that there could be a big conspiracy behind such a staggering volume of MCX transactions from a small State like Sikkim and the State finance minister not being aware of it. As per available data, there has been an unprecedented increase in MCX investment from Sikkim since September 2020. On other hand, many doubts come up as such a huge investment over one and half years has gone unnoticed by the State government,” said the State BJP president.

Chauhan said the State BJP would be writing to Finance ministry and investigating agencies about the MCX trading issue. The State BJP will take a decisive step on this sensitive issue and expose it before the people of Sikkim, he said.

Chauhan reminded that the SKM had been promising, since its inception, to bring CBI for probing corruption allegations in Sikkim. “However, the SKM has not fulfilled its promise even after completing three years in government. The Sikkim BJP reminds the SKM government to fulfill its promise and immediately bring CBI to probe corruption cases and to control economic crimes,” he said.

First Published: 20th April, 2022 13:41 IST

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