Bengaluru: A delegation of newly elected BJP members of Parliament from the state met the Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi seeking a CBI probe into the I Monetary Advisory (IMA) scam in which 50,000 investors were cheated of thousands of crores across Karnataka. They expressed fears of ‘terror funding’. They sought a CBI probe as “only ministry of home affairs will be able to fathom this mystery.”

MPs Shobha Karandlaje, Tejasvi Surya, PC Mohan, Pratap Simha, GM Siddeshwara and BY Raghavendra were part of the delegation.

They submitted a two-page letter to Sitharaman stating that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe by the state is just an “eyewash”. They have also mentioned that this is done because “those in power are themselves suspected to have turned a blind eye in the last two years”.

It is not unless the state government hands over the probe to CBI or the courts refer the case to the agency that the Union government can initiate a CBI probe.

Murtaza Khan, a social activist, has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking justice for the cheated investors.

Raid in IMA offices

Several premises of the IMA group, including its headquarters in Shivajinagar in Bengaluru, was searched by the SIT.

The team seized 30 kg of gold, 2,600 carats of diamond and 450 kg of silver. It has an estimated value of Rs 20 crore.

The police seized several trunks of material from IMA headquarters and IMA jewellery showrooms. The investigators have not quantified the recoveries. The documents that were recovered included those from customers, who had pledged properties to avail loans from Mohammad Mansoor Khan

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has launched a parallel probe into the IMA scam. The ED has sought custody of seven directors of IMA Group. They had been arrested by police and are at present in the custody of the SIT.

It has also issued summons to Mohammad Mansoor Khan. He has to appear either in person or through a representative by June 24. The notice was pasted on the doors of the offices of IMA Group.

ED has sought details of all bank accounts, I-T returns and a list of all movable and immovable properties.

Mansoor Khan is suspected to have fled to Dubai on June 8.