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TMC MPs told me they will protect my business, alleges Sudipta Sen


Sougata Mukhopadhyay, CNN-IBN
Apr 24, 2013 at 06:27pm IST

Kolkata: CNN-IBN has accessed West Bengal chit fund scam accused Saradha group promoter Sudipta Sen's letter to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) dated April 6. Sen's letter to the CBI names top politicians, journalists, lawyers as having benefited from his company. Sen, in his letter, alleges that he forayed into the media business because he initially came under vicious attack from Bengal's Pratidin newspaper represented by TMC MP Kunal Ghosh and Srinjoy Bose.

Sen, in the letter, also writes that that he entered into an agreement with Pratidin, after he bought Channel 10, that he "shall pay Rs 60 lakh per month to Pratidin and apart from that Kunal Ghosh will also be appointed as the CEO of the channel at a salary of Rs 15 lakh per month".

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Sen alleges that Pratidin assured him that because of his agreement, "they will protect my business from the state and central governments" and will grant him "smooth passage to chief minister Mamata Banerjee".

Sen alleges that Kunal Ghosh, the CEO of his media business attacked him and forcefully made him sign papers which said that he had "sold Channel 10 to them for a meagre amount of Rs 55 lakh, which can never happen".

In the letter, Sen threatens to commit suicide as he is "feeling helpless because of unscrupulous persons and cheats" who have collected public money in his name. Sen says he "cannot live in a society where people call me cheat or fraud or use slang against me".

The Left and the Congress have demanded a probe into the matter. Congress leader Pradeep Bhattacharya said, "We had said earlier also said that some TMC leaders were behind Saradha group. We had earlier demanded a CBI probe into this."

Left leader Gurudas Dasgupta said that both TMC MPs Kunal Ghosh and Srinjoy Bose should step down.

The TMC, however, insisted it was not involved. Party leader Saugata Roy said, "The TMC as a party is not involved in the scam. This has been done by a scamster. I have no knowledge of any personal connection between the TMC and the Saradha group."

He, however, said that the charges levelled against the TMC MPs were serious and the state government was handling "the investigation with all seriousness". "A judicial commission has been formed. The state government is planning to call a special Assembly session to enact a law against chit fund," he said. He added that it would be "nice if they step down, but it's according to them and what out party leadership decides". "The MPs should defend themselves," he added.

Meanwhile, the Centre has clarified on chit funds saying, "Under the Chit Funds Act, 1982, chit fund businesses can be registered and regulated only by the respective State Governments. In case of failure of a chit fund business, the responsibility for winding up such a business also vests with the respective State Governments."

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