Kolkata, Jan 28: Mukul Roy, senior leader of the TMC will be questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation in connection with the Saradha scam on January 30th. Roy one of the most influential TMC leaders had told the CBI that he needed time, but assured the agency that he would be present before its officers without fail on January 30th.
Enforcement Directorate turns on the heat:
The probe by the Enforcement Directorate into the Saradha scam is turning out to be a nightmare for several influential persons. A dedicated team of the ED has been piecing together evidence on the money transactions that was made by the Saradha group and these influential persons.
The ED has found that a Rs 12 crore payment has been made into a company called Sangbad Pratidin owned by Rajya Sabha MP, Srinjoy Bose.
Anubhuti Printers, owned by Anjan Dutta a former minister in the Congress government at Assam has been accused of getting a payment of Rs 7 crore from Saradha. The ED is also tracking a payment of Rs 28 crore made to the companies allegedly owned by former Congress minister Matang Singh.
West Bengal textiles minister, Shyamapada Mukherjee who is alleged to have sold his textile company for Rs 4.84 crore to Saradha has been asked for an explanation.
The others on the list:
The ED is also digging more on the payment of Rs 2 crore to Bollywood star Mithun Chakraborty. Suvaprasanna, the famous painter is already under the scanner for an alleged deal between his company Debrika and Saradha worth around Rs 6.5 crore.
The ED is also tracking a Rs 45 lakh payment made to the Azad Hind newspaper which was originally owned by Rajya Sabha MP Ahmed Imran Hassan.
The other persons who are under the scanner are Manoranjana Singh whose company GNN Ltd got Rs 26 crore allegedly from Saradha. Rajya Sabha MP, Arpita Ghosh for allegedly getting a payment of Rs 85 lakh is under the scanner, while the company Broadcast Worldwide owned by Ratikanta Basu alleged to have received a payment of Rs 19 crore is also under the radar of the ED.
SEBI officials under the scanner:
The Enforcement Directorate, during its probe, has found that bribes were paid to some officers of the SEBI in connection with this scam. The bribes were paid so that the operations of the Saradha group run without any hiccups and the organization never comes under the radar.
The ED is compiling the details of these SEBI officials who would also be questioned in connection with this scam.
The ED is also relying on the report of the Serious Frauds Investigation Office which had also pointed a finger at some SEBI officials who helped the Saradha group.