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Saradha scam: ED grills film actor, director Aparna Sen

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Kolkata, August 18, 2014
First Published: 12:35 IST(18/8/2014) | Last Updated: 00:03 IST(19/8/2014)

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday questioned actor and director Aparna Sen, in connection to her erstwhile links with the media business of the scam-tainted Saradha Group.

Sen, former editor of women’s magazine “Parama” owned by the Saradha Group, was questioned on details of agreement that she entered with Saradha Group. ED sleuths also questioned Sen on the details of the remuneration that she used to draw from the scam- tainted group.

“The questioning of Sen is a part of our exercise to identify the trail of thousands of crores that Saradha Group collected from the market as public deposits,” said a directorate official.

Asked specifically whether ED is considering Sen as just an employee- beneficiary of the Group or as a co- accused in the multi- crore scam, the directorate official said, “It is too early to say, since we can come to a specific conclusion in this regard only after we corroborate her statements recorded with us with other statements and documents seized by us.”

The ED also questioned the West Bengal textiles minister, Shyamapada Mukherjee at the directorate office, in connection with the sale of cement factory owned by the minister to Saradha Group. After questioning Mukherjee for about four hours, ED found numerous inconsistencies in his statement.

“As told to us by Saradha Group chairman, Sudipta Sen and the as per the documents seized by us, the deal was at Rs. 4 crore, much higher than the prevailing market price. But the minister told us that he got only Rs. 2.89 crore, much of which was in cash. We have recorded his entire statement. If necessary he would be questioned again,” he said.

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