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Saradha scam: Fake accounts opened in minors' names

Sumanta Ray Chaudhuri, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, May 09, 2014
First Published: 00:59 IST(9/5/2014) | Last Updated: 01:01 IST(9/5/2014)

Central agencies probing the Saradha scam have revealed that the group opened accounts in the names of minors to channel deposits to different fictitious accounts in various parts of the country and abroad.

Parallel probes by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) have found that these accounts were opened in the names of the children of Saradha employees, starting from top rung executives to office assistants and drivers.

The agencies have also found gross overdrawing violations with certain accounts opened in the names of minors with their mother as the guardian. According to Reserve Bank of India norms, it is mandatory that such accounts always remain in credit.

“It is clear that a section of bank officials were also involved in this irregularity. We will soon arrest these officials,” an ED official said.

Meanwhile, a day after the ED interrogated Manoranjana Sinh, the estranged wife of former Congress MP Matang Singh, the Bidhannagar Police commissionerate questioned her on Wednesday. ED officials also said they might summon Sinh for interrogation again since the agency found many discrepancies in her statements.

“Our aim is to find out on how much money she received from Sudipta Sen for purchase of her stake in NE TV. She has quoted a figure which we feel is much lower than what she has actually received,” an ED official said.


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