At least 210 bank accounts in 100 branches spread over several states, 150 acres of land and 35 vehicles — this may just be the tip of the Sudipta Sen iceberg that the cops are trying to melt.
Activists of the Congress party shout slogans against the arrested chairman of Saradha group, Sudipta Sen, outside the court in Kolkata. AFP photo
After interrogating Sen and his accomplice Debjani Mukherjee over the last two days, the Bidhannagar police has stumbled upon what may well be a small slice of the Saradha pie.
On Saturday, a team of officers from the Assam police arrived in Kolkata to seek help from their Bengal counterparts in nailing Sudipta Sen, who has also cheated lakhs of investors in the north-eastern state.
The sleuths are also burning the midnight oil to shift through tons of paper and documents that they have seized so far from Sen’s house and offices.
“The 150 acres of land is located in West Bengal, Assam, Tripura and Orissa,” Arnab Ghosh, Bidhannagar detective department’s deputy commissioner, said on Saturday.
Though the mastermind of the Saradha empire has been arrested, the police are say that the fraud that Sudipta Sen perpetrated is still continuing. Ever since the chief minister announced that all money-losers would be compensated, many agents are logging on to the Saradha business portal and creating fake policies.
“Some agents have been logging on to the system. We will arrest them soon,” Ghosh said, adding, “Fake liabilities are also being created in the company’s name. We are trying to find out if this was done before.”
To get to the bottom of the Saradha scam, the cops are questioning officials of the firm that developed the software for the fraud company. Interestingly, Sudipta Sen had mentioned about this software firm in his letter to the CBI.
The police are also looking for Sudipta Sen’s family members, though in his letter to the CBI, the Saradha boss said that they were innocent and knew nothing about his business deals.
The police have also come to know that Sudipta Sen and his accomplices had plans to hide in Ladakh till the turmoil subsided.
“They must have thought that the Bengal police would never look for them in such a remote area. Once all the noises stopped, they would then come out of hiding and open some business in western India,” Ghosh said.