A city court Monday extended the CBI custody of the main accused in the Saradha chitfund scam, Sudipta Sen, his close aide Debjani Mukherjee, and suspended Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh and another person by three days.
Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Haradhan Mukhopadhyay extended the custody of the three accused on a plea by the CBI that further interrogation was required in connection with documents related to funds collected by the Saradha Group.
The court sent three others, Manoj Nagel, Arvind Chouhan and Somnath Dutta, who were senior officials of the Saradha Group of companies, to judicial custody till July 7. The central agency had prayed for seven days custody of the accused, but the court granted only three days.
All the six accused were sent to CBI custody by the court on June 16 for a week.
The Supreme Court had on May 9 ordered a CBI probe into the chit fund scam in West Bengal, Orissa and Assam in which various companies, including Saradha, allegedly duped investors of around Rs 10,000 crore, while taking note of allegations of scamsters being ‘patronised’ by people in ‘high positions’.