A 14-year-old case against Saradha owner Sudipta Sen, that of murdering his business partner and former Saradha Realty owner Biswanath Adhikari, might come back to haunt the conman after his arrest.
Adhikari was shot at point blank range at 11.40am on January 29, 1999 at Saradha Garden (now Saradha City) at Bishnupur on Diamond Harbour Road. The police submitted the final investigation report (case number 38/39). The investigation, according to the Alipore court, was conducted without examining the complainant (Adhikari’s wife Chandra).
Chandra submitted a naraji petition in court naming Sen as the accused and prayed for further investigation. The Alipore court ordered reinvestigation into the murder on August 4, 2000 and asked the CID to submit a report by December 18, 2000.
Meanwhile, Sen approached the high court and appealed for the rejection of the Alipore court order. But the high court on July 22, 2000 upheld the lower court’s order of reinvestigation. Police sources say that the case is still officially under investigation though files pertaining to the case are missing.
“Adhikari’s body was taken to Kantapukur morgue by 2 pm, a little more than two hours after the murder. The post mortem examination was completed in 30 minutes and the body cremated at the Siriti crematorium by evening,” recollects a former South 24Parganas police officer. The haste with which the process was completed, allegedly in connivance with a section of Bishnupur police, has raised quite a few eyebrows.
There are allegations that Sen, then backed by local CPI(M) leaders, manipulated the chargesheet. He reportedly incorporated the names of three known miscreants in the chargesheet and excluded his own name. Sen received bail within days.
What has astounded locals is that Chandra did not pursue the case. Locals said reasons for Chandra’s indifference should be probed.
“Sen conspired with other share holders and took over the company from Biswanath after murdering him. But Sen knew that he might have to face problems unless he took someone from Biswanath’s family into confidence. The police case was a mere eyewash,” said a neighbour of the Adhikaris.
Chandra lives alone in her three-storey house in Ray Bahadur Road in south Kolkata. Her brother Bangshi and his family stay a few blocks away.
Locals and the maid at Chandra’s residence said she fled to Brindaban around two weeks back, before Saradha Group went bankrupt.
“Both Bangshi and Chandra keep mostly to themselves. No one visits them. No one in the locality even knows what Bangshi does for a living. However, both siblings maintain an enviable lifestyle,” said another neighbour.
Just opposite to Chandra’s residence is an SUCI(C) office. “We initially provided all possible support to Chandra. But later we found Biswanath did not have a clean record either. Also Chandra did not want to pursue the case all of a sudden. So we backtracked,” local SUCI(C) leader Mihir Ghosh said.