Even though the lottery scam has caused major loss to the Sikkim Government, the same government is not cooperating with the CBI to unearth the connection of its officials with Santiago Martin and other accused in the case.
Even though the CBI had sought permission of the Sikkim Government to launch investigation against it officials involved in the lottery scam, it replied that no investigation was required against any government official under the Sikkim Lottery Department.
“It was a major surprise for us that the Sikkim Government, which had a substantial loss of over `4,500 crore in the scam, was not ready to help us in investigating against its officials. It denied sanction for prosecuting officials of the Sikkim Lottery Department. Hence, nobody from the Sikkim Lottery Department was named accused in the charge sheet,” a CBI official said.
The CBI is facing a similar issue in investigating the case regarding the sale of Bhutan lotteries in Kerala.
The Bhutanese Government till now has not given any information regarding the sale of its lotteries in Kerala. “It would might take more time to finish the probe regarding Bhutan lottery sale in Kerala. Even though frequent requests were sent to the Bhutanese Government, no reply has come so far. We would approach the Bhutanese Government through the External Affairs Ministry for getting the required information,” CBI officials said.