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Saradha scam: Ex-Bengal DGP quizzed by the CBI

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, August 23, 2014
First Published: 13:02 IST(23/8/2014) | Last Updated: 23:34 IST(23/8/2014)

Former DG (armed police) Rajat Majumdar felt the heat of CBI interrogation on Saturday when a team of sleuths grilled him  for eight hours. Majumdar used to function as the security advisor to the Saradha group.

On August 14, the CBI searched Majumdar’s residence and seized a few incriminating documents. According to sources, Saradha chairman Sudipto Sen told CBI that Majumdar used to get Rs. 10 lakh per month from Saradha as consultancy fees. He also said that Majumdar took Rs. 4 crore from him to arrange a function in Las Vegas.

On Saturday, CBI officers interrogated Majumdar alone for three hours — before questioning him in front of Sen — on how he had introduced the Saradha chief to various ruling party politicians. The CBI also wanted to know if Majumdar had returned the Rs. 4 crore to Sudipta Sen, after the US programme was cancelled. Sen said he did not receive accounts of the amount.

The CBI officers on Saturday called two Saradha employees — Amrin Ara and Shatabdi  — personal secretaries to executive director Debjani Mukherjee to question them about a red diary  — which was used to record the amounts of money received from politicians. On Saturday, Amrin told the CBI sleuths that in April 2013, Bidhannagar police had seized the red diary but did not mention it in the seizure list.

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