Ghosh writes to PM,seeks CBI probe

Police trashed Ghosh’s claim that he was only involved in the media business and was unaware of the company’s money market operations.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: December 7, 2013 1:24 am

Suspended Trinamool Congress leader Kunal Ghosh has sought Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s intervention in ordering a CBI probe into the Saradha chit fund scam,in which he is an accused.

The Rs 20,000-crore Saradha Group scam came to light in April with the arrest of its promoter Sudipta Sen and his associates who were running a Ponzi scheme through a consortium of companies. The police arrested Ghosh,a Trinamool Congress (TMC) Rajya Sabha MP,last month claiming they have enough evidence to prove his complicity.

But Ghosh,in a letter to Singh on November 23,claimed he is facing a “deep-rooted conspiracy” and is consequently in a crisis.

Indicating the involvement of the TMC party’s higher ups in the scheme,the MP said he is being made a “scapegoat” at the behest of a “powerful lobby”. He alleged that the police probe has been “painfully scripted” by a section of his party and claimed that he was never been involved in money market activities of the group. “Those who have taken full direct or indirect advantage from Saradha are keeping themselves out of probe,” Ghosh wrote to the PM.

He alleged that the ongoing investigation has been “unfortunately” being framed in a manner to “protect a powerful section who had actually taken advantage in different ways”.

Stopping short of naming party bigwigs,he argued the probe is going to hit those the most who have never been part of Saradha’s money market operations. “I request you to give order to the CBI to probe the scam,” he urged.

Ghosh headed the media businesses of Saradha Group,which included a number of newspapers and news channels abruptly closed down in April after the scam was unearthed.

Police trashed Ghosh’s claim that he was only involved in the media business and was unaware of the company’s money market operations.

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