Saradha Scam: Setback for Mamata Banerjee, aide Mukul Roy to be grilled by CBI

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Kolkata, Jan 12: Investigation into the Saradha scam may take a major turn as the investigating agency -- Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) summoned Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mukul Roy.

The CBI on Monday, Jan 12 sent a letter and summoned the MP who is a close aide of the party supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Mukul Roy

Sudipta Sen, the main accused in the chit fund case, earlier had said, "During April 2013, when I was facing trouble regarding salary payment to employees of my media group companies, I decided to stop publication. At that time, a proposal came from Trinamool Congress national secretary Mukul Roy through Kunal Ghosh.... Accordingly, I met Mukul Roy at Nizam Palace."

Recently, it was reported that Mukul Roy allegedly had blackmailed and taken money from Sudipta Sen at different occasions. Mukul Roy has been accused of helping Sen during the time when the latter was on run following the collapse of Saradha Group.

Suspended TMC MP Kunal Ghosh, who too has been arrested in connection with the scam, earlier had claimed that CBI would get many shocking information if the agency grill Mamata Banerjee and Mukul Roy.

West Bengal was on fire when the CBI grilled and later arrested TMC minister Madan Mitra. The state minister was arrested in a case relating to Saradha Realty on charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating, misappropriation of funds as well as deriving undue financial benefits from the Saradha Group.

The CBI had earlier arrested two TMC Rajya Sabha MPs Srinjay Bose and Kunal Ghosh in connection with the Saradha scam. The CBI also arrested Naresh Balodia, legal advisor to Sudipto Sen and Saradha Group on charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating and diversion of funds in the same case, he said.

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