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Named as Saradha beneficiary, Didi’s brother says ‘canards’

Media reports say Ajit Banerjee is one of the beneficiaries of the ill-gotten money of the now-bust group.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: September 15, 2014 1:39 pm

The heat of the multi-crore Saradha financial scam has now reached the family of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with a section of media reporting that her eldest brother, Ajit Banerjee, is one of the beneficiaries of the ill-gotten money of the now-bust group.

Banerjee, however, said on Sunday that he had never taken any money from the Saradha Group and he was ready to face any probe in this regard.

“There are reports that “Ajit Banerjee’s Kalighat Club” has taken money from Saradah. But there are two clubs at Maidan — one is my Kalighat Milan Samiti and the other is Kalighat Club. I don’t know about Kalighat Club, but my club never received money from Saradha. This is all canards,” Banerjee, who is also the president of Bengal Olympic Association, told The Indian Express.

Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress general secretary Mukul Roy told a party rally at Tamluk in Hooghly district, that party workers will hit the streets from September 19 to September 22 against the alleged canards being spread by the opposition regarding Saradha investigation.

“If anybody can prove that I had any links with Saradha, I will quit politics. The opposition is saying chief minister is involved. Had that been the case, do you think she would have ordered the arrest of (Saradha chief) Sudipta Sen? All sorts of calumny and canards are being spread against us. We can no longer tolerate this,” he said.

He said the central government should take the responsibility of returning the money to the depositors.

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