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Saradha scam: Suspended TMC MP Kunal Ghosh ‘temporarily’ ends hunger strike after 39 days

Ghosh has been fasting since October 10 last demanding a fair probe into the Saradha scam

Kunal Ghosh
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On the 39th day of his hunger strike, suspended Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh on Tuesday withdrew it ‘temporarily.’Ghosh’s decision to break his fast came after a city court decided to review his appeal of a fair probe into the Saradha scam. Ghosh knew he would not be allowed in the court if he continued fasting, so he has called it off, a senior officer of the Presidency jail said.The next date of hearing is November 20 (Friday). Ghosh has been fasting since October 10 last demanding a fair probe into the Saradha scam. He was arrested on November 23, 2013 by the CBI and sent to custody on September 4, 2014, after the central investigating agency took over investigation into the Ponzi scams on the orders of the Supreme Court. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Saradha scam: CBI to file supplementary chargesheet by this week

Kolkata: The Special Crime Branch of CBI probing the multi-crore Saradha scam will file a supplementary chargesheet by this week, a source in the investigating agency said.

“We are going to file the supplementary charegsheet in the Saradha Realty case at Alipur Court by this week,” the CBI source said.

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The chargesheet would include names of Bengal minister Madan Mitra, former Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Srinjoy Bose, now released on conditional bail, and suspended TMC MP Kunal Ghosh among others.

The source said the supplementary chargesheet would contain names of influential persons who had been the main conspirators in the scam.

Mitra, now under judicial custody, had moved a bail petition in the Calcutta High Court, the hearing of which is yet to take place.

Earlier, the agency had filed chargesheets against the other accused in the Saradha scam, namely Sudipto Sen, Debjani Mukherjee, Rajat Mazumdar (now released under conditional bail), Sadanand Gogoi, Debabrata Mazumdar and Kunal Ghosh in separate cases related to other Saradha companies.

Meanwhile, ED sources said it would also file its chargesheet once the CBI files its supplementary charge sheet.


Saradha Scam case: CBI summons TMC General Secretary Mukul Roy for questioning

In a major blow to the Trinamool Congress, the CBI on Monday summoned party’s all India general secretary Mukul Roy in connection with the multi-crore Saradha scam.According to the sources in the agency, the central agency sent the notice through an e-mail to Roy, a close aid of Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee and has asked to appear before it this week. Later, the agency informed Roy over the phone.Sources also said that after examining call records of Saradha boss Sudipta Sen they have found that he had frequent telephonic conversations with Roy.Sen said in his statement given to CBI that he had reportedly met Roy at Nizam Palace in April 2013 before he fled Kolkata. Suspended Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Kunal Ghosh has repeatedly made the claim. Later, Saradha employee Arvind Singh Chauhan, who also drove Sen’s car had claimed that such a meeting took place.The CBI is likely to quiz him on his alleged involvement in the functioning of the Bengali daily Kolom. Recently pictures of Roy at Kolom’s office had surfaced.Two Rajya Sabha MPs – Kunal Ghosh and Srinjoy Bose – and the party vice-president Rajat Majumdar of the Trinamool Congress and state sports minister Madan Mitra are behind the bars for their involvement in the Saradha scam.Earlier, Mukul Roy had said he would quit politics if the party’s link with Saradha ponzi scheme scam is proved. We (TMC) are neither thieves nor frauds. If our party’s involvement is proved under any circumstances, I will quit politics.

TMC regime has no moral right to continue : CPI-M lashes out

CPI-M Politburo member Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee

Lashing out at Trinamool Congress over alleged involvement of its several leaders in Saradha scam, CPI-M Politburo member Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Saturday said the TMC regime has no moral right to continue in office in the wake of the arrest of some of them.”We all know the kind of involvement their leaders have in the scam. It has never happened in the political history of Bengal that a minister has been sent to jail on charges of corruption while in office,” Bhattacharjee, the former chief minister of the state, said in a programme of CPI-M mouth piece “Ganashakti”.”The TMC regime is neck deep in corruption. It has no moral right to continue. In the last three and a half years of its rule the party has pushed the state 10 years behind compared to the development in other states. No new industry – whether heavy, medium or small scale, have come up in the state,” he said.A city court had on Friday rejected the bail plea of West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra and remanded him to judicial custody till January 16 even as he claimed innocence saying he was ready to be hanged if found guilty in the Saradha scam. TMC MPs Srinjoy Bose and Kunal Ghosh too are behind the bars for their alleged involvement in the scam.Referring to the rise of BJP in the state, Bhattacharjee said West Bengal can never be a breeding ground of communal elements. “Bengal has the history of ushering in Renaissance.” He, however conceded that a certain section of Left workers had joined BJP.”It is true that some sections of party supporters who couldn’t stand the onslaught of TMC regime changed sides to BJP. But their heart still lies with the Left,” Bhattacharjee said.

TMC cautions MP Idris Ali for his West Bengal will burn comment

Trinamool Congress leadership on Thursday cautioned party MP Idris Ali for his recent comment that Bengal would burn if Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was arrested by the CBI in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam, asking him to refrain from airing such observations.”The party does not support the comment made by Idris Ali. He has been asked to refrain from making such kind of comments,” the TMC secretary-general and state education minister Partha Chatterjee told reporters.Ali was summoned to the party headquarters here and was cautioned against making such comments. On December 30, Ali had said at a meeting at Sandeshkali in North 24-Parganas district, “Mamata Banerjee is not only the ‘agnikanya’ of West Bengal, but of India also. If she is touched or arrested then Bengal will be on fire. In that fire lot of people will die.”Asserting that even Prime Minister Narendra Modi cannot handle the ‘agnikanya’ of West Bengal, he had said that it was not a small thing that Trinamool got so many seats in the last Lok Sabha polls. The MP went on to claim in his speech that neither the Trinamool Congress nor Banerjee had any role in the Saradha scam. West Bengal transport minister Madan Mitra and two party MPs Kunal Ghosh and Srinjoy Bose have been arrested by the CBI in the multi-crore chit-fund scam.