The Saradha scam reached the doorsteps of chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday with expelled Trinamool Congress leader Kunal Ghosh seeking her interrogation face-to-face with himself and the chairman of the busted chit-fund company.
Though the names of several leaders of the ruling party has been linked to the scam – some of them by Ghosh himself – it is the first time Mamata’s name has been mentioned in court.
“Sudipta Sen (Saradha chairman), myself and the chief minister should be made to sit face-to-face for interrogation if the larger conspiracy behind the Saradha scam needs to be exposed,” remarked Ghosh in Bankshall court on Saturday afternoon.
The Rajya Sabha MP did not have a lawyer and was pleading for himself.
Last September, before he was expelled from the party, Ghosh had mentioned the names of the chief minister and party general secretary Mukul Roy in connection with the scam.
Ghosh did not stop at mentioning names, but also requested the judge that he should not allow those outside the jails to set their house in order.
Over the past few days, CBI has stepped up its investigation into the larger conspiracy surrounding the multi-billion-rupee scam.
Ghosh, 47, used to head the media business of Sudipta Sen that included a clutch of Bengali and English dailies, TV channels, Bengali magazines and even an Urdu daily.
He was arrested on November 23 last year.
While state Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury welcomed the proposal, Trinamool secretary general Partha Chatterjee attacked Ghosh for dragging in Banerjee's name.
“Now that he has realised that he may be subjected to punishment by law anytime for his wrongdoings, he is trying to take the CM’s name in a futile attempt to save himself,” said Chatterjee.
(With agency inputs)