Court sends Ghosh to police custody

Cops raid MP’s home after FB post,seize hard disk. TMC says ‘fire started by Ghosh will decimate many’.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: November 25, 2013 4:05:48 am

A Local court in Bidhannagar Sunday rejected the bail plea of suspended Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh who was arrested Saturday in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam and remanded him to five days in police custody.

The police produced the Rajya Sabha member in the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Apurba Kumar Ghosh and sought his custody for seven days for interrogation in the case that came to light in April when Saradha group went bust. However,the court remanded him to five days in custody.

Ghosh told reporters outside the court that he was on a fast since last night to protest the alleged cruel behaviour of the police towards him.

Earlier in the day,police raided the MP’s house in north Kolkata and seized a computer hard disk. Ghosh was also brought along with the raiding team.

Meanwhile,the police,inquiring how Ghosh made a Facebook post last evening when he was already under arrest,found that one of his friends and the input editor of his new channel were involved in putting the post on the social networking site. The two are being interrogated by the police,sources said.

In that post,Ghosh termed his arrest as a “conspiracy” and said the police should take the help of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and two other Trinamool Congress leaders to find the truth behind the case.

He also demanded that the chitfund scam probe should be handed over to the CBI immediately.

The Opposition parties in state too raised the pitch for a CBI probe into the scam alleging that the the agencies currently investigating the scam will never find the real perpetrators.

“We reiterate that only a CBI investigation,being monitored by the Supreme Court,can unearth the truth. Several states are involved. Ministers and MPs of Trinamool Congress are involved. We have urged the prime minister and union finance minister also to order a CBI probe,” said Surya Kanta Mishra,CPM politburo member and Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly.

Senior Congress MP and Union minister Adhir Ranjan Choudhury seconded Mishra.

“Mamata Banerjee ran a corruption network and Kunal was just a cog in the wheel. There are other sharks who are hiding. Ghosh has been arrested to suppress the involvement of those listed in the Facebook post,” Choudhury said.

The Trinamool Congress,however,hit back saying the fire ignited by Ghosh would engulf all those who want to harm Mamata Banerjee.

“The fire that was started by Kunal Ghosh would decimate all those who want to fish in troubled waters. Mamata will definitely become the prime minister of the country and she will not need the money of any swindler,” said Madan Mitra,state minister for transport,sport and youth affairs.

He was responding to Ghosh’s allegations that Saradha Group chairman Sudipta Sen wanted to “see West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as the Prime Minister” and she had asked him to use his media houses to project her work.

Later in the day,TMC MP Subhendu Adhikary sent a legal notice to Ghosh warning him that he would file a defamation case worth Rs 20 crore if he did not tender an apology for naming him in the Facebook post.

Ghosh,the CEO of Saradha Group’s media arm,has been arrested in

connection with a complaint filed by the general manager of a company Broadcast Worldwide.

He has been charged under Sections 420 (cheating),406 (criminal breach of trust) and 120B (conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.

Before his arrest last night,the MP had filed an FIR against Deputy Commissioner of Detective Department (DCDD) of Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate,Arnab Ghosh,alleging “criminal blackmailing” by him.

He had alleged that the senior police officer asked him to reply to questions which were beyond his comprehension or face arrest.

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