A Bidhannagar court today remanded Sudipta Sen and Arvind Singh Chouhan - accused in the Saradha chit fund scam - in judicial custody till May 31 as police did not seek further remand.
Debjani Mukherjee,executive director of Saradha group,was not produced before the court as she was hospitalised late last night.
According to police sources,Debjani had complained of a stomach problem and vomiting. She was admitted to a government hospital late at night; after which she was shifted to a private hospital in Bidhannagar in the morning. The doctors said Debjani was suffering from a stomach infection and she is stable now,according to a senior police official.
The court directed the police to produce Debjani in the court as early as possible or arrange for a video conference and reserved judgment on her custody.
Anirban Guha Thakurta,Debjanis counsel,said,There is a section under which the undertrial cannot be sent to jail or police custody if she is not produced in the court. If there is a medical condition,the undertrial has to be produced through video conferencing. But it has not been done. So we sought bail.
That the police did not seek custody of both Sen and Chouhan indicates that the Bidhannagar commissionerate has almost completed their investigation. The police have also examined 3-4 persons whose names were mentioned in Sens letter to the CBI.
The police submitted in the court that they had been able to trace Sens assets,which was why they did not need further custody. However,they were tight-lipped on the issue of disappearance of the investors money.
The South 24 Parganas district police,however,pleaded before the court that they wanted Sens remand in connection with six cases lodged at Baruipur police station. Sen will be produced before the Baruipur court tomorrow.
The government has not lodged any case against Sen,even though around 16 investors and agents have committed suicide after his company went bust.