TRINAMOOL Congress Rajya Sabha member and former CEO of Channel 10 and Saradha Printing and Publishing Pvt Ltd,Kunal Ghosh,was today summoned to the Bidhannagar police commissionerate and questioned for about one and a half hours.
Ghosh,against whom Saradha group CMD Sudipta Sen has levelled allegations in a letter to the CBI,said he had received a call from the police to show up. I have come within half an hour. It is actually both ways the police called me and I decided to meet them to clear any doubts, he said while entering the Bidhannagar commissionerate office in Salt Lake this evening.
To questions from the media,Ghosh said he had been framed by Sen and there was a conspiracy against him. I am totally innocent. On the basis of a letter written by a fraudster,some people who are jealous of me are trying to frame me as a culprit but I have done no wrong, the journalist-turned-MP said.
After the interrogation,Ghosh said he had answered questions on his relation with the Saradha group,which went bust. He said he had only headed the media wing and was in no way connected with its finances. I had no authority to sign cheques, he said. All his answers were recorded.
In his letter,Sen had written that Ghosh had turned up at his Midland Park office with miscreants and got papers signed by him to show that he was buying Channel 10 at a cost of Rs 55 lakh,whereas he had actually paid over Rs 50 crore. He accused Ghosh and Srinjoy Bose - another TMC Rajya Sabha member - of allegedly blackmailing him. Sen categorically mentioned that his letter be treated as an FIR.
A group of Congress supporters surrounded Ghoshs car even as he was leaving the Bidhannagar police compound. They demanded arrest of Ghosh and return of money to the depositors.
Apart from Ghosh,22 people whose names had featured in the letter - which was subsequently forwarded to the Bidhannagar police - were also asked to show up before the investigating officers.
Meanwhile,several other complaints have been lodged with the Kolkata police by employees of Channel 10 alleging cheating,criminal breach of trust and criminal intimidation against Ghosh. Top police officials said they were investigating the charges.