The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) Friday revealed that it took Rs 7.5 lakh “as donation” from the Saradha Group, a day after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raided 12 premises, including residences of influential former Congress ministers, in Guwahati in connection with the multi-crore chit fund scam.
“Yes. We did take a donation of Rs 7.5 lakh from Saradha. That was in 2011. We took a cheque. We have no hesitation in admitting that,” said AASU president Sankar Prasad Roy. He also revealed that a CBI team had gone to his residence on Thursday and inquired about the donation from the controversial group.
Meanwhile, AASU advisor Samujjal Bhattacharyya asserted that the student body takes donations from various business houses.
“We take donations from different business houses to run our organisation.”
The CBI, which had raided among others the residences of powerful former Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Anjan Dutta, Friday conducted search at the residence of Manoranjana Singh, editor-in-chief of the now defunct Frontier TV, a Guwahati-based TV news channel.