Senior Mamata minister named in Saradha scam

Kolkata :  Amidst high drama, suspended Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh on Friday dragged the name of senior West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee in a court hearing the Saradha chit fund scam case and withdrew his lawyer from holding his brief.

Taking out a piece of paper in the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Arvind Mishra, where he was produced by CBI seeking his judicial custody, Ghosh, arrested in Saradha chit fund scam case, said some chit fund companies were still collecting money from the public.

He claimed chit fund companies were also sponsoring an event of which former Industries Minister Partha Chatterjee was the chairman. Chatterjee is now Higher Education Minister.

When Ghosh wanted to submit the piece of paper he claimed to have got in the court lockup from a person he did not name, the judge refused to accept it. The paper looked like a leaflet.

Ghosh named Chatterjee days after creating a flutter on Saturday last when he had told the court that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee be interviewed by CBI along with Saradha Group chairman Sudipta Sen and himself. On being produced before the judge on Friday, Ghosh said he wanted to say something but the court did not allow it and said as he had given his lawyer the authority to speak for him and he could not make any submission unless he withdrew the power given to his counsel.

Ghosh immediately wrote on a piece of paper that he was withdrawing the power given to his lawyer.

He then pleaded for either bail or CBI custody to ‘assist’ the agency in its Saradha chit fund scam probe. Metropolitan magistrate Arvind Mishra rejected his prayers and remanded Ghosh to judicial custody till September 18, as prayed for by CBI. The judge also asked him not to make any statement regarding anything other than his own case.

Ghosh told the court that other chit fund companies be also probed along with Saradha by CBI and that those involved in these should also be arrested.

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