A city court on Tuesday extended the CBI custody of senior East Bengal Club official Debabrata Sarkar, an accused in the Saradha chit fund scam, by three days while main accused, Saradha Group CMD Sudipta Sen was remanded to judicial custody till September 8.
The Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (ACJM), Alipore Court sent Sarkar, arrested on August 20, to CBI custody for three more days following a plea by the agency for further questioning.
Sen, who had also been taken in CBI’s custody for the second time, was remanded to judicial custody along with five others accused — suspended Rajya Sabha MP Kunal Ghosh, Sen’s close aide Debjani Mukherjee, senior Saradha Group officials Somnath Dutta, Arvind Chowhan and Manoj Negel— in the multi-crore scam till September 8.
Directed by the Supreme Court, the CBI began its probe into the scam in which it has registered a number of cases in West Bengal and Odisha. Sarkar is accused of conspiring with Saradha top brass in the alleged misappropriation of funds of the company.
CBI has formed a Special Investigating Team headed by Joint Director Rajeev Singh to also probe the role of Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and RBI.
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