In an explosive statement, suspended Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh said he should be interrogated along with Saradha CMD Sudipta Sen and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee if the CBI wanted to crack the “larger conspiracy” in the multicrore chit fund scam.
Ghosh, who is in jail for his alleged involvement in the scam, was produced before a city court Saturday that remanded him to CBI custody till September 12.
Later, as Ghosh was being taken to the CBI office, he told the mediapersons, “The person who got maximum direct and indirect benefits from Saradha and its media is Mamata Banerjee.”
While several indirect references about Mamata’s alleged involvement in the scam have been made earlier, this is for the first time that she is in the line of direct attack, that too from a party colleague.
Ghosh said he would not plead for bail and was ready to be sent to CBI custody.
He further told the court that those (involved in the scam) who are moving free are trying to influence the investigation and appealed they should be restrained from influencing the investigation.
Sen and Saradha executive director Debjani Mukherjee were present in the courtroom as Ghosh spoke.
TMC secretary general and cabinet minister Partha Chatterjee rubbished Ghosh’s claim. “We do not bother about what a thief says. Chief Minister is the epitome of honesty and she is above all these. Ghosh has now realised that he would not be able to come out of jail. Which is why he is trying to drag CM into this muddle.”
It has been learnt that CBI has begun gathering information about a reported meeting between Mamata and Sen in Kalimpong. Ghosh is believed to be present in the meeting.
Meanwhile, the CBI has summoned Badal Bhattacharya, confidential assistant of former MP Somen Mitra, and Prashanta Pramanik, a close associate of state transport minister Madan Mitra. Pramanik is also a leader of youth TMC.
When contacted, Bhattacharya said, “I received a call from CBI today. I have to appear before them Monday.” Pramanik could not be reached for comment.
Sources in CBI said Bhattacharya and Pramanik have been summoned in connection with the links between politicians and Sudipta Sen.