CPM leaders Gautam Deb and Sujon Chakraborty, who have been served summons, refused to appear before the West Bengal Police in connection with a case related to the Saradha chit fund scam citing ongoing elections. Both have alleged the summons to be a “vindictive and retaliatory move” by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
The summons to Deb, a former housing minister in the Left government, was issued hours after he had claimed to have documentary evidence showing how Banerjee’s relatives had acquired properties worth Rs 20 crore around the CM’s residence on Harish Chatterjee Street and elsewhere.
The police visited Deb’s house around midnight Tuesday to issue the summons and asked him to appear before the Electronics Complex police station on Wednesday.
Deb told The Indian Express: “My lawyer has replied to the notice that I will appear in the police station after the elections. Now I am busy with elections.” He visited the CPM party headquarters today and held meetings with senior party leaders, including Left Front chairman and CPM state secretary Biman Bose.
In another dramatic move, the Salt Lake police served summons on Sujon Chakraborty — the CPM’s Jadavpur Lok Sabha candidate and CPM state committee member.
As Chakraborty was not home, the police pasted the summons on the wall of his house. Chakraborty is locked in a fierce fight with Trinamool Congress nominee Dr Sugato Bose, the Harvard professor and a Netaji family member .
“This is simply indecent, to say the minimum, “ said Chakraborty. “The police could have come after talking to me. I am not running away. It was very humiliating to see the summons pasted on the wall of my house. I have replied to the notice, saying I would be coming to the police station only after the elections.
“I am extremely busy with the work that my party has assigned to me. This is more important to me than taking part in farcical investigation.”
When asked about the content of the notice, Chakraborty said, “The notice only says that I, as a witness to a case no 102 of Electronic Complex, should appear in front of the police official for a question-answer session.”
It has been gathered that the case number 102 of Electronic Complex PS in Bidhannagar was registered on May 6, 2013 by a depositor of Saradha Group, Mallika Chatterjee. It was filed against a Saradha agent on charges of cheating and also names Saradha CEO Sudipta Sen.
Sources said the police need to interrogate Deb as former chairman of HIDCO and Sujan Chakraborty as the CPM district secretary of South 24-Parganas as a number of branch offices of Saradha were located in that district.