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Day after dissent, Ghosh grilled in Saradha scam

Comments Off on Day after dissent, Ghosh grilled in Saradha scam   |   October 1, 2013    12:38pm   |Contributed by manoja

Within 12 hours of Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Kunal Ghosh criticising his party and demanding a CBI inquiry into the Saradha Group scam, the Bidhan Nagar Commissionerate summoned him to Salt Lake Saturday morning and grilled him for nearly four hours in connection with the scam.

The action follows a showcause notice that the TMC’s discipilinary committee served late last night on him and two other party MPs, Satabdi Roy and Tapas Paul, for “anti-party activities”.

The three MPs had yesterday joined rebel Chowringhee MLA Sikha Mitra in criticising the party at a blood donation camp orgainsed in central Kolkata.

Sikha Mitra had said: “In the TMC one can’t speak out the truth. The TMC needed democracy.”

The party is now learnt to be moving the Speaker to ensure that Sikha Mitra be allotted a separate space in the Assembly as she has been suspended from the party.

A much vocal Ghosh sought a CBI inquiry into the Saradha Group scam while alleging important people in the TMC should also be named.

“The CBI should unearth these links and I am ready to give whatever assistance I can to the CBI in its investigation,” Ghosh had said.

By 11 pm Friday, Deputy Commissioner, Detective Department, Arnab Ghosh called up Kunal Ghosh, asking him to appear at the Commissionerate office at 11 am Saturday.

When asked about the showcause notice served on him, Kunal Ghosh admitted to have received the letter. “At this point I would like to ask what is the relationship with many of the TMC leaders with Saradha boss Sudipta Sen?” he asked.

Ghosh was one of the 22 persons whose names Sen had mentioned in his letter that he sent to the CBI days before his arrest.

In his defence, the MP had said he was only associated with the Group’s media business and had no connection with its financial operations.

However, coming out of the Bidhan Nagar police headquarters today, Ghosh told the mediapersons: “I am being politically and otherwise victimized. I am a victim of conspiracy.”

He added he would come to the police any number of times to help in the Saradha investigation.

‘Acts of indiscipline will not be tolerated’

Trinamool party general secretary Mukul Roy said acts of indiscipline would be nipped in the bud. If any member says or does anything against the party, he would have to pay for it. “In a democracy, people is the last word. And the past two years and three months have shown how people in Bengal have reposed their faith in the Trinamool Congress and supported the state’s aggressive development initiatives.”


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