Saradha Group chief Sudipta Sen’s driver Arvind Singh Chouhan, who was released on bail on Tuesday, said he was witness to meetings between Sen and Trinamool Congress leaders Mukul Roy and Suvendu Adhikari before the former escaped to Kashmir. Chouhan’s claim vindicates suspended TMC MP Kunal Ghosh’s charge that there was a nexus between the three.
Arvind Singh Chouhan, who had driven Sen from Kolkata to Kashmir, was arrested in April along with Sen and Debjani Mukherjee.
Speaking to mediapersons after his release from Presidency Correctional Home, Chouhan said: “On April 5, I took Sudipta Sen to Nizam Palace where I saw him holding a meeting with Mukul Roy. And on April 7, late at night, I saw TMC MP Suvendu Adhikari visiting Saradha’s head office at Midland Park in Salt Lake. Saradha agent Arindam Das alias Bumba was also present there. Sen received them from the ground floor.”
“The next day, Sen told me that he would go out of the city. I did not know that Sen was talking about running away from the city. Since then he was absconding. However, the main culprits and conspirators are moving free now,” Chouhan added.
Significantly, jailed TMC MP Kunal Ghosh had also claimed that Sen met Roy before he fled.
Reacting to Chouhan’s claims, TMC MP Suvendu Adhikari said, “I do not want to comment on what a driver is saying. And I saw last year’s calender after I heard him making such allegations that April 7 was a Sunday. And on Sundays, I stay in Midnapore and hold ‘Janata Durbar’. So, it is obvious he is lying,” said Adhikari. Sources close to Adhikari said that he would be filing a defamation case against Chouhan soon.
TMC general secretary Mukul Roy, however, refused to comment on Chouhan’s claims. Sources in TMC ranks said that the party has barred all leaders from speaking on Saradha publicly.
Meanwhile, CBI Tuesday interrogated Sudipta Sen’s lawyer Naresh Baloria. According to sources, the letter which was sent to CBI by Sen was drafted by Baloria. The investigators also conducted raids at Baloria’s residence Tuesday. Notably, Mukul Roy had an office at Nizam Palace (which houses flats and office spaces for central government departments) in 2013. He was allotted the place when he was Union minister.