Following his arrest in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam case,suspended Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Kunal Ghosh is likely to be expelled from the party.
According to top TMC sources,the partys disciplinary committee,convened by senior party leader Partha Chatterjee and headed by party general secretary Mukul Roy and South Kolkata MP Subrata Bakshi,took an informal decision late Friday after monitoring the situation,as the feelers from the Bidhannagar police were that they were ready to arrest Ghosh. The formal expulsion may take place in a few days time with a green signal from party supremo Mamata Banerjee,sources said.
Sources said a section of the senior party leadership has communicated to Mamata on Saturday the demand to expel Ghosh with the logic that suspended or expelled,Kunal as an MP still remains under the partys whip in the Rajya Sabha,so the TMC does not stand to lose anything by throwing him out. Mamata is expected to take the decision soon.
On Friday,Ghosh had broken down while addressing the media and had accused the top leadership of the TMC in connection with the scam.
Ghosh was suspend on September 28 for making anti-party remarks in public,after which he had been routinely interrogated by the police and the Serious Frauds Investigations Office in Delhi. Ghosh has been threatening to reveal details of alleged link of top TMC leaders with the scam. On Friday he also said that the chief of Saradha,Sudipta Sen,had meetings with party supremo Mamata Banerjee,among others,in the past,suggesting Sens connections within the TMC.
Trinamool leaders have dismissed Kunals version of events. Law will take its course, party spokesman and Rajya Sabha Chief Whip Derek OBrien tweeted following the arrest.