Kolkata: There is more trouble for Saradha Group promoter Sudipta Sen and Trinamool Congress's Rajya Sabha MP Kunal Ghosh. Twenty employees of news channel Channel 10 have filed an FIR against Sudipta Sen and Kunal Ghosh over non-payment of salaries.
The FIR was filed by a section of the Channel 10 employees at the Park Street Police Station on Thursday night. The FIR, which also names six other senior employees of the organisation, has alleged fraud by the company management on grounds of non-payment of salaries which are pending since February 2013. This is the seventh complaint lodged against the Saradha top brass.
Sudipta Sen and two others accused in the West Bengal chit fund scam went through the primary investigation on Thursday. The police has seized mobiles and laptops from the three accused. According to the police, six cases have been filed against Sen, out of which four have been filed by employees who did not receive their salaries.
The other two cases were related to money marketing schemes of Saradha Tours and Saradha Realty. The police also said that seven directors of the company will be probed.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has also registered a money laundering case against Saradha group. Sudipta Sen, who was brought to Kolkata late on Wednesday night on a 4-day transit remand, was produced in court on Thursday along with two others arrested from Sonmarg in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. Sources say six trunks full of deeds mentioned in Sudipta Sen's letter to the CBI have been seized. Sen's cook Hemanta Pradhan, who was made a director in one of his companies, was also questioned.
In his explosive letter to the CBI, Sen said he was forced into media by TMC MPs Kunal Ghosh and Srinjoy Bose who runs the Pratidin media group. Many high profile names were mentioned in the letter, including those of top TMC politicians, lawyers and journalists.
Earlier on Wednesday when the details of an explosive letter written by Sudipta Sen to the CBI were made public, a round of blame game between the TMC and Left Front took place. Sen in the latter alleged that he was forced into the media business by TMC MPs Kunal Ghosh and Srinjoy Bose who run the Pratidin media group. He also said that he was neither liable nor had the money to refund investors.
Through the letter, Sen made himself out to be the victim of a larger conspiracy and not the accused. Sen claimed in his letter that he was used and abused by brokers and politicians in raking in money from investors. What's surprising was that he detailed the scam, but claimed innocence in the face of all allegations saying his signatures and seal were used.