THE Intelligence Branch (IB) of West Bengal Police has sent messages to all police units saying that Saradha group chairman Sudipta Sen is wanted.
Usually,such wanted notices are issued by the IB following directives from the Chief Ministers Office (CMO).
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said,Sudipta Sen is in the northern part of the country. Police are looking for him. If anything happens,everybody will come to know.
This was the first time the CM reacted to the recent closure of a large number of publications and TV channels in the state,many of which were owned or taken over by Saradha Printing and Publications Private Limited,which made its fortunes as a prize money circulation company or non-banking financial company popularly known as a chit fund company before diversifying into construction,realty,tourism,hospitality,agri-businesses and media.
A senior Kolkata Police official said,We have received a lookout message from the IB. The message says that Sudipta Sen is wanted. We are looking for him.
Sen is the also the managing director of Saradha Printing and Publications Pvt Ltd,which owns Bengal Post,Tara Muzik,Tara Newz,South Asia TV,Bengali daily Sakalbssela,Urdu magazine Kalam,Bengali weekly magazine Paroma,Urdu daily Azad Hind,Hindi daily Prabhat Varta,and Guwahati-based Seven Sisters Post.
The aggrieved employees of the media houses owned by the group lodged an FIR with the Bidhanagar police commissionerate. We received a complaint from the employees of the media houses on April 16, said Arnab Ghosh,ADC,DD,Bidhannagar police.