Trinamool MPs assured my business will be protected: Sen to CBI

Says Assam minister took Rs 3 crore from him over a period of six months

Written by Priyadarshi Siddhanta | New Delhi | Published: April 25, 2013 3:33 am

Sudipta Sen,promoter of Saradha Group,has claimed that Trinamool Congress’s Rajya Sabha members,Kunal Ghosh and Srinjay Bose,assured him that his business interests will be protected “as they have a very close connection” with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

In an 18-page letter to the CBI,Sen has alleged that a number of politicians from Bengal and Assam took payments from him on various pretexts. Significantly,he has also attached names of several other multi-level marketing companies in the state where some of his associates have joined and he describes as corrupt.

About the two MPs,he claimed that in the past two years he has paid Rs 20 crore,“most of the payment made by cheque or RTGS”. Sen noted that “various times they have taken cash under various causes.. not less than Rs 2 crore per month”. The letter alleged that Ghosh was given a new car with allowances for fuel and a driver’s salary.

The letter,signed on each page by Sen,said that he had purchased a television channel,Channel 10,for Rs 24 crore and spent another Rs 50 crore to rebrand it. But Ghosh allegedly made him sign away the same “for a meagre amount of Rs 55 lakh,which can never happen”.

On the Banerjee connection,Sen said with the execution of this agreement to finance the newspaper,“they (the MPs) will protect my business from the government i.e. state and also Central and… they assured me that they have a very close connection with present CM of West Bengal i.e. Ms Mamata Banerjee”.

According to Sen,his travails began when he began investing in the media. He alleged that at the behest of Ghosh,a newspaper in the state unleashed a campaign against him. Feeling vulnerable against the alleged sustained campaign,Sen said he was compelled to enter the media business in the state.

Saradha at one stage had become one of the largest chit fund companies in eastern India with interests in construction,realty,tourism,hospitality,agri-business,besides media. Urging the CBI to expeditiously conduct a probe to unravel the truth,Sen alleged that he was “forced” to take over a loss-making motorbike manufacturing unit in Polba near Singur by a business lobby close to the Trinamool government. He alleged a minister in Assam government,whom he referred to as Himanta Biswa Sarma,had “dramatically cheated” him. He alleged that Sarma took about Rs 3 crore over a period of six months along with expenses for international flight by Sarma’ son.

Allegations baseless: Kunal Ghosh

Kolkata: Following a letter written by Sudipta Sen,Saradha Group CEO,to the CBI,in which he has accused TMC’s two RS members for having “blackmailed” him,there is reportedly a clamour within the party for action against the duo. However,when contacted,TMC RS member Kunal Ghosh said,“I have heard about the letter. These are baseless allegations. I used to be a salaried employee. I am not a shareholder,neither a director of the Saradha Group. When Sen started the media wing,I was not there. I was later hired as a professional. My jurisdiction was editorial content. I did not have access to the accounts of the media wing. I did not have right to sign a cheque. When I was hired,I was not an MP. So the party does not come into the picture.” ENS

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