CBI files supplementary charge sheet in Saradha scam

Kolkata, PTI | Updated : 18 February 2015, 08:59 PM

CBI today filed its supplementary charge sheet in the Saradha scam accusing West Bengal minister Madan Mitra, former Trinamool Congress MP Srinjoy Bose and suspended party MP Kunal Ghosh of cheating even as it shifts its focus to the role of regulatory bodies.

The agency is likely to focus on the role of officials of SEBI and RBI for filing further charge sheet as CBI’s probe in that direction has gained pace, CBI sources said.

They said a detailed probe into the alleged role of regulatory bodies is being worked upon which will soon be presented before the senior officials to take a call. The sources refused to give details whether any criminality of regulatory bodies has been finalised.

The agency has already questioned senior officials of SEBI and RBI in this regard, they said.

Today the agency filed its charge sheet accusing Mitra, Bose, Ghosh and Saradha Group chief’s aide Naresh Balodia in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam case.

A Special Investigating Team under Joint Director Rajiv Singh probing the multi-crore scam submitted its supplementary charge sheet to the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Haradhan Mukherjee at Alipur.

Besides the four persons named in the supplementary charge sheet, three companies—Strategy Media, Sangbad Pratidin Television Pvt Ltd rpt Sangbad Pratidin Television Pvt Ltd and Bengal Media—have also been listed, CBI spokesperson said.

While Bose was released under conditional bail by a higher court, the remaining three are in judicial custody.

This supplementary charge sheet is the third one. The first was submitted at the City Sessions Court on October 22, 2014, and the second at the Alipur Court on November 17, 2014.

The charge sheet was filed for offences under sections 120B (punishment of criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) of IPC and Section 4 and 6 of Prize, Chits and Money Circulation (Banning) Act of 1978.

First Published: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 08:56 PM
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