Saradha scam: CBI submits second chargesheet

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Nov 17, 2014 23:06 IST

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) submitted its second chargesheet in the Saradha scam on Monday mentioning an amount of about Rs 774 crore, in which it named former director general (state armed police) and Trinamool vice president Rajat Majumdar and East Bengal club official Debabrata Sarkar.

It was filed before the court of additional chief judicial magistrate, Alipore.

The chargesheet was in response to a batch of 55 FIRs filed in different police stations of the state.

Others named in the 30-page document The included Saradha chairman Sudipta Sen, executive director Debjani Mukherjee, a city-based businessman Sandhir Agarwal and his father Sajjan Agarwal, an Assam-based singer Sadananda Gogoi. It also names four Saradha group companies Saradha Reality India Ltd, Saradha Tours and Travels Pvt. Ltd., Saradha Housing Pvt. Ltd and Saradha Garden Resorts and Hotel Pvt. Ltd.

The name of a Sebi official has also been mentioned in the document, hinted the CBI lawyer.

The first chargesheet was filed on October 22. The scam that was mentioned in the second chargesheet is around Rs 774 crores.

"The accused have been booked under section IPC sections 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant, or by banker, merchant or agent) 120B (criminal conspiracy to commit an offense), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and sections 4 & 6 of the Prize chits and money circulation schemes (Banning) Act, 1978," said Parthasarathi Dutta, the CBI lawyer.

"The investigation is continuing and more people might be booked," Dutta said. As many as 42 witnesses were mentioned in the chargesheet.

On Monday, when the chargesheet was being filed before the court, the defence lawyer raised objection that already it was too late in the day (just after 5 pm). The court also asked CBI why they were so late. Its lawyer replied some official procedures caused the delay though they arrived on time.

CBI's lawyer alleged that Sandhir, Sajjan and Sarkar assured the Saradha Group boss that they would procure the requisite certificate of Security Exchange Board of India (SEBI) that would make his money collection legal, and accordingly they took money from Sudipta Sen.

The lawyer hinted the name of a concerned SEBI official was also named in this connection.

According to a CBI source, Sen gave an amount of Rs 2 crore to Sarkar without any agreement for East Bengal club.

"When Sen made the first payment, there was an agreement but this second payment had no contract," said the CBI source. He mentioned that this has been mentioned in the chargesheet.

The lawyer alleged that in the name of Saradha Reality India Ltd, a lot of money was collected from the market and the depositors were assured that they would also be able get a free tour facility.

"In the name of real estate business they would collect money and that would flow to other companies," said the CBI's lawyer.

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