Debjani in jail till May 31,hospital bill raises questions

Saradha group director Debjani Mukherjee,who had been hospitalised for the past two days,was today remanded in jail custody till May 31 by a Bidhannagar court.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: May 21, 2013 4:36 am

Saradha group director Debjani Mukherjee,who had been hospitalised for the past two days,was today remanded in jail custody till May 31 by a Bidhannagar court.

The decision came after Bidhannagar Police did not appeal for Debjani’s custody. Today’s hearing was regarding five cases against her. Tomorrow,she will be produced at Baruipur court and an application to take her in police remand for 14 days will be heard.

A case had been filed at Baruipur police station against Debjani under Sections 420,406 and 120 (B) of the IPC — all non-bailable. Saradha CMD Sudipta Sen and his aide Arvind Singh Chavan were yesterday booked under the same charges. “It is also possible that the trio would be interrogated together,” said an official.

When Debjani was brought into the courtroom today,she felt sick and was allowed to sit with the judge’s permission. Her lawyers raised the objection that she was brought to the courtroom despite not being well.

Bill row

On May 18,on her way to Bidhannagar court from New Town police station,Debjani fell ill. She was taken to a private hospital where she underwent treatment for 48 hours. Questions are now being raised as to why was the accused was taken to a private hospital and who would foot the bill amounting to Rs 32,000.

“Normally,an accused,if need be,is taken to a government hospital,” said Debjani’s lawyer. The lawyer added that Debjani was in police custody and her health was the responsibility of the police. “If someone is in police custody,medical treatment is the responsibility of the police. They will foot the hospital bill,” he said.

Cops zero in on 18-bigha land

Police have zeroed in on around 18 bighas of land belonging to the Saradha group. The land,valued at Rs 80 crore,is at Kamalgaji off EM Bypass. Documents and the site plan were recovered after police raided the house of former Saradha employee Arindam Das alias Bumba. Das is absconding.

4 lakh complaints

The centre for complaints against chit funds at Rajarhat has received more than 4 lakh complaints till Monday. “Over 95 per cent of complaints are against Saradha. A negligible per cent is against other chit fund companies,” said a senior official. He said it would be an onerous job just to calculate the amount of money deposited with Saradha.

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