The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday filed the second charge-sheet in the multi-crore Saradha scam. Saradha Group’s chairman and managing director Sudipta Sen, his close aide Debjani Mukherjee, All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) leader andretired police officer Rajat Majumdar are named in the charge-sheet.
Businessmen father and son Sajjan Agarwal and Sandhir Agarwal along with East Bengal club official Debabrata Sarkar and singer turned filmmaker of Assam, Sadananda Gogoi have also been named in the charge-sheet.
Interestingly, AITC MP Kunal Ghosh who was named in the first chargesheet by the central agency filed on October 22, was not named in today’s charge sheet, submitted to a city court. However, Saradha Chief Sudipta Sen and ms Mukherjee were also accused in the first charge sheet which was filed before a different court in the city.
“The charge-sheet was submitted before the Court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Alipore under section 120 B, 420 and 409 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 4 and Section 6 of the Prize Chits and Money circulation scheme (Banning) Act 1978,” a CBI official told The Hindu.
The official added that four companies of the Saradha group were named in the chargesheet are Saradha Reality, Saradha Tours and Travels, Saradha Garden Hotels and Resorts and Saradha Housing.
Against painter Shuvoprasanna
The Enforecement Directorate, might explore legal options as painter Shuvoprasanna contined to skip appearing before the department’s officials despite being served with summons.
The ED had sent summons to the painter, considered close to ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, for the second time to seek clarification on the business deal he had entered into with Sudipto Sen.
“We have sent summons to Shuvoprasanna the second time to seek explanation from him about the exact nature of the financial transaction with Sudipto Sen regarding sale of his shares of a TV channel,” a source in the ED told PTI.
The source said “the department may explore legal options as per Section 50 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act as summoned persons are bound to appear in person or send some authorised agents“.
The first action the ED may take is to impose a penalty on Shuvoprasanna. “If he fails to pay the penalty, the department has the power to arrest him,” the source said.
The ED had earlier interrogated his wife during the course of the investigation.