Kolkata : In an unprecedented move, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has conducted search operations simultaneously at 28 locations in connection with the Saradha Group chit fund scam in four states including Kolkata, Guwahati, Odisha and New Delhi on Thursday. The search operations were conducted at a time in ten places in Kolkata.

An official of the CBI said that the search operations were conducted at the residence of former Congress minister Matang Singh, high profile former IPS officer and close associate of Trinamool Congress, Rajat Mazumder, industrialist Ramesh Gandhi, East Bengal football club official Debabrata Sarkar and the second wife of Saradha Group Chief Sudipto Sen, Piyali Sen. The CBI also raided a branch of a nationalized bank in Golpark in South Kolkata where the Group had an account.

Five CBI sleuths in each batch started the search operation in the morning. They raided the South Kolkata residence of Rajat Mazumder around 9.30 am. But the former IPS officer was not present in his residence. He was in Birbhum District and the CBI officials called him to come back to the city. Rajat Mazumder was the party observer of the Trinamool Congress in Birbhum district during Panchayat elections. After retiring from the government service, Mazumder had joined the Sardha Group in a senior position.

It was learnt that the CBI has registered 48 cases, including four in West Bengal and 44 in Odisha, in the alleged chit fund scam on the directions of the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court had handed over the Saradha chit fund scam case to the CBI in May 2014 and asked the state governments to provide all logistical help to the agency.

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