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Apr 30, 2013 at 09:46am IST

WB chit fund scam: Police question TMC MP Kunal Ghosh

Kolkata: The police questioned Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh for 90 minutes regarding his involvement in the multi-crore West Bengal chit fund scam on Monday. Sources say Ghosh was asked about his position in the company, his deal with Saradha Group promoter Sudipta Sen on Channel 10 and whether he had anything to do with the financial aspect of the company.

Police sources say all those from Bengal who have been named in Sudipta's letter to the Central Bureau of Investigation will be questioned. "They had some questions to ask. I replied to all their queries with proof. I have no role to play in the chit fund business. I was just a salaried employee. I had no authority to sign even a cheque there. I never recommended even a rupee for a payment," Kunal Ghosh said.

Kunal Ghosh, one of the two accused of blackmailing Saradha group promoter Sudipta Sen, had offered to resign if he is told to do so. He also wrote a letter (in Bengali) to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Ghosh had told told CNN-IBN that he is ready to quit if proven guilty. "Who is giving my name? Who is blaming me? A fraud like Sudipto Sen? I am ready to face any kind of investigation and if the investigation reveals that I am connected with Sudipta Sen's money market business, I am ready to resign from the membership of the Rajya Sabha," Ghosh said.

Kunal Ghosh's name cropped up in the scam after a letter written by Saradha group promoter Sudipta Sen to the CBI on April 6 this year came to light. In the letter, Sudipta Sen levelled several charges against Ghosh and another TMC MP saying that they offered him protection and easy access to Mamata in return for appointing Ghosh as the CEO of a channel he had newly acquired at a salary of Rs 15 lakh per month. Both the MPs have vehemently denied the charges.