The troubles for the ruling Trinamool Congress doesn’t seem to be ending soon in West Bengal with Enforcement Directorate set to summon the party’s Rajya Sabha Ahmed Hassan Imran for questioning in connection with the Saradha financial scam.
Sources in ED said the summons will be issued Friday. Imran, who had earlier twice been summoned by the ED, had failed to appear for the questioning.
“It is true that I was summoned by the ED twice. But I could not appear as I received the summons during the election campaign period. I was given certain specific duties by our party supremo (Mamata Banerjee). I explained the reasons to the ED through an e-mail and I had also stated that I would be available anytime after the election. However, the ED did not contact me thereafter,” Imran told The Indian Express.
Imran is the executive editor of a Bengali daily ‘Kalam’, which was earlier owned by the Saradha Group before being sold to another firm.
According to sources, ‘Kalam’ changed hands several times. Saradha Group CMD Sudipta Sen had bought the daily from a businessman when Imran was the editor. Sen retained Imran as the editor of the newspaper. Another firm, which bought the newspaper from Sen, also retained Imran as the editor and later promoted him as its executive editor.
As per the sources in the ED, Rs 30 lakh had changed hands when Sen bought the newspaper. Tnhis includes some other financial liabilities. The ED sleuths are now probing into the business dealings of the newspaper.
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Imran, however, said, “I do not have any direct links with Saradha. I was the editor of Kalam. And I used to get Rs 50,000 per month as salary. But, I was never involved into the financial dealings of the company.”
Imran will be fourth TMC MP — after Kunal Ghosh, Mithun Chakraborty and Satabdi Sen —- to be questioned by the ED, which is looking into the money laundering aspect of the scam.