Saradha scam: Calcutta High Court vacates order granting protection from arrest to ex-top cop

The Calcutta High Court on Friday vacated its order granting protection from arrest to former Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam.

The court also rejected Kumar’s prayer for quashing of a CBI notice that sought his appearance for questioning in the case.

Kumar, who is currently the West Bengal CID Additional Director General, was part of a Special Investigation Team set up by the state government to investigate the scam before the Supreme Court handed over the case to the CBI in 2014, along with other chit fund cases.

The Saradha group of companies has allegedly duped lakhs of people to the tune of Rs 2500 crore, promising higher rates of returns on their investments.

SC grants bail to Saradha scam accused Manoranjana Sinh

SC grants bail to Saradha scam accused Manoranjana Sinh
SC grants bail to Saradha scam accused Manoranjana Sinh

The Supreme Court today granted bail to Saradha chit fund scam accused Manoranjana Sinh.

A bench comprising justices Arunabh Mishra and Amitava Roy said that application for bail has been allowed but with some conditions.

Manoranjana Sinh, lodged in a jail in West Bengal, is the estranged wife of former union minister Matang Sinh.

Matang Sinh is also facing trial in connection with its money laundering probe in the Saradha chit fund case.

( Source – PTI )

Saradha scam: CBI nabs Bengal media baron

The CBI on Monday arrested media baron Ramesh Gandhi in connection with the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam here, an official said.The chairman and managing director of Rainbow Productions – known for its hugely popular news programme “Khaash Khabor” – was nabbed for his association with Saradha chief and scam kingpin Sudipta Sen.

“Gandhi has been arrested for his involvement in the Saradha Scam Case. He was allegedly associated with Saradha Group boss Sudipta Sen. Huge funds were allegedly transferred in his own and his company bank accounts,” said a CBI officialsaradha

Saradha scam: Mukul Roy quizzed by CBI

Trinamool Congress general secretary Mukul Roy, considered West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s right hand man, Friday faced a four and a half hour grilling from the CBI in the multi-crore rupee Saradha ponzi scam.

Coming out of the Central Bureau of Investigation office at Salt Lake’s CGO complex in the afternoon, Roy said he wanted the truth to come out and the investigation to move in the right direction.

” I met the investigators today. They have questioned me for a long time. I have told them that if they need me for the sake of the probe, I will meet them and cooperate not once, but every time when they call me,” Roy told media persons.

“Let the truth be revealed. Let the investigation move in the right direction,” the former union minister said.

Roy iterated that from the outset he had been saying he was prepared to join the probe and cooperate with the CBI.

“Even this morning I have said I am going to the agency for the sake of the probe. I arrived exactly at 10.30 a.m., the time scheduled for me,” he said.

Earlier, on his arrival at the CBI office, Roy said: “I am here to cooperate with the CBI.”

Roy, Trinamool’s key organiser, claimed he had not done anything unethical. “Never in my life, in my personal capacity or with regard to party work, have I done anything unethical.”

Summoned Jan 12 by the CBI, which is probing the scandal on orders of the Supreme Court, Roy had twice obtained deferrals for his appearance.

He had been frequenting Delhi, and talking to lawyers as his party moved the apex court seeking that the CBI probe be monitored by Supreme Court.

In the morning, as Roy boarded the car outside his central Kolkata house, Trinamool loyalists shouted slogans. “Mukul Roy zindabad, Mamata Banerjee zindabada, “Stop CBI conspiracy against Trinamool”, they said.

A large number of Trinamool workers also were present outside the CGO complex premises.

While four of Trinamool leaders including state Transport Minister Madan Mitra are behind bars, the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) have grilled a number of party parliamentarians and legislators.

Trinamool’s suspended Rajya Sabha member Kunal Ghosh, now under arrest for his alleged role in the scam, has claimed Roy’s complicity in the graft. Asif Khan, a one-time close associate of Roy and now under arrest in connection with a cheating case, has also accused Roy of wrongdoings.

Roy, credited as the architect of its victory in all recent elections and a major player in extending the party base as also in organising defections from other parties, has been under fire for his alleged meetings and telephonic conversations with Saradha Group chief Sudipta Sen.

But Roy and the Trinamool have vehemently denied all the charges.

Saradha scam: ED grills Trinamool leader Shankudeb Panda

Summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), Trinamool Congress state general secretary Shankudeb PandaMonday appeared for questioning before the agency in connection with the Saradha scam.

Probing the scam money trail for which the ED has already grilled a number of Trinamool leaders, including several of its MPs, the agency Dec 23 had served notice to Panda, a former television journalist.

Panda, former president of Trinamool Chhatra Parishad – the party`s student wing, is perceived to be close to the party top leadership.

While the CBI, which too is probing the scam, had taken into custody Trinamool Rajya Sabha members Kunal Ghosh and Srinjoy Bose and Transport Minister Madan Mitra, the ED has grilled a host of party leaders, including actor-turned MP Mithun Chakraborty and Textile Minister Shyamapada Mukherjee.

The ED had earlier questioned noted actress and film-maker Aparna Sen who worked as the editor of Parama, a magazine bought by the Saradha Group


Saradha scam: Bengal minister Mitra arrives in CBI office

West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra Friday appeared before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for questioning in the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam.

Mitra, who was summoned by the for the second time, reached the CGO Complex here at 11 a.m, officials said.

The CBI had summoned Mitra November 18 for the first time but he could not appear on health ground.

After undergoing treatment at a private hospital initially, on Nov 20 Mitra was admitted to the state-run S S K M Hospital from where he was discharged November 26.

Denying any involvement in the scam, Mitra after getting discharged from the hospital, had asserted he would cooperate with the CBI whenever it called him for questioning.

The legislator from the Kamarhati assembly constituency had appeared as a guest in several Saradha programmes where he had praised group promoter and scam kingpin Sudipta Sen for generating employment.

The CBI had earlier grilled Mitra’s former confidential assistant Bapi Karim.

Mitra is the second state minister to be grilled by the CBI, earlier Textile Minister ShyamapadaMukherjee was questioned.

A few Trinamool leaders including Rajya Sabha members Kunal Ghosh and Srinjoy Bose are behind the bars in connection with the scam.

Saradha scam: Bail plea of former Advocate General Ashok Mohanty rejected

A special CBI court on Wednesday night rejected the bail petition of former Advocate General Ashok Mohanty and two other persons who were arrested by the CBI for their alleged links with the chief of Artha Tatwa Group of companies, in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam.

Besides Mohanty, the CBI earlier in the day produced newspaper owner Madhu Mohanty and real estate broker Dharmendra Botha in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) after completion of their remand period in the investigating agency.

CJM Padmalochan Satpathy rejected their bail petitions and remanded them to judicial remand till September 30.

The trio would be shifted to the Special jail here.

Meanwhile, the District Sessions court, Khurda today reserved verdict on the bail petition of Manoj Dash, a private television channel owner, who was also arrested in the chitfund scam involving Artha Tatwa.

The Special CBI court on September 16 had rejected Dash’s bail petition earlier.

The District and Sessions Court also deferred another bail petition of AT Group Chief Pradip Sethi to September 29. Sethi was arrested by the commissionerate of police, Bhubaneswar-Cuttack, last year.

Saradha scam: CBI interrogates Congress & Trinamool associates

Kolkata businessman Asif Khan, a former convenor of the Trinamool Congress’ Uttar Pradesh unit, and Badal Bhattacharya, a close aide of Congress leader Somen Mitra, Monday appeared before the CBI for questioning in the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam.

Besides Bhattacharya and Khan, Prasanta Pramanik – the president of the Majhi & Dari Workers Union Dakshineswar – too reached the CBI office for questioning about alleged links with the scam.

Khan, whose house was raided by the CBI Aug 29, has alleged involvement of his own party leaders in the scam.

“Some of these leaders, who had to go to sleep without food, have now amassed assets worth Rs.500 crore to Rs.1,000 crore. I do not know who gave them the money or from where it was accumulated,” Khan said earlier in the week.

With the CBI making steady headway in the case, the Trinamool has accused the agency of being “politically used”.

The agency has already grilled Bapi Karim, a former confidential assistant to West Bengal Sports and Transport Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Madan Mitra.

Besides, it again took the custody of suspended Trinamool MP Kunal Ghosh.

Ghosh, who has repeatedly alleged the involvement of the Trinamool top leadership, Saturday dropped a bombshell saying he should be jointly interrogated with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and scam kingpin Sudipta Sen.

Meanwhile, Ghosh Sunday alleged that Trinamool secretary general Partha Chatterjee and party leader in the Lok Sabha Sudip Bandyopadhyay had travelled to New Delhi for the inauguration of Saradha’s media foray.

Ghosh made these allegations outside the Salt Lake CGO complex when he was being whisked out by CBI officers.

Saradha scam: CBI grills Assam singer Sadanand Gogoi

Continuing its probe of the multi-crore-rupee Saradha scam, the CBI Sunday grilled Assam singer Sadanand Gogoi and businessman Rajesh Bajaj, who also hails from the northeastern state.

Alleged to have made a commercial for the tainted group, Gogoi, along with Bajaj, was grilled by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sleuths for the second consecutive day.

Coming out the CBI office here, Gogoi denied having made any financial transaction with the Saradha group.

“I have not made any financial transactions with the Saradha,” said Gogoi whose residence in Assam was earlier raided by the agency.

Taking over the probe in West Bengal following a Supreme Court directive, the CBI has interrogated several high profile people and arrested East Bengal Football Club official Debabrata Sarkar and Kolkata entrepreneur Sandhir Agarwal.

The CBI has also repeatedly quizzed Bapi Karim, a former confidential assistant to West Bengal Sports and Transport Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Madan Mitra.Saradha scam

Saradha scam: Kingpin Sen, Ghosh sent to judicial custody

A court here Thursday remanded three key Saradha scam accused, including kingpin Sudipta Sen and suspended Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh, to judicial custody till July 7, a counsel said.

Saradha scamThe trio of Sen, Ghosh and Saradha director Debjani Mukherjee was presented before the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Haradhan Mukhopadhyay on the expiry of their custody with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which has taken up the probe into the multi-crore rupee scandal.
“The trio has been remanded to judicial custody till July 7 when they will again be presented before the court,” said counsel for the accused Soumyajit Raha.
The court had remanded them to CBI custody first on June 16 and subsequently extended it till June 26. Three other accused in the case – Saradha employees Manoj Nagel, Somnath Dutta and Arvind Singh Chauhan – were remanded to judicial custody by the court June 23.
The Enforcement Directorate which is also probing the scam, earlier arrested Sen’s wife and son who are now out on bail.
The Supreme Court May 9 ordered a CBI probe into scam that came to light in April 2013 after the group downed shutters without repaying lakhs of investors, who had parked their hard earned money in the group companies lured by the promise of astronomically high returns.