The CBI on Wednesday submitted a supplementary charge sheet naming transport and sports minister Madan Mitra and accusing him of benefiting hugely from the Saradha Group. This is the first time the minister, who is in jail since December 12, has been named in a charge sheet.
Other prominent persons named in the document are former Trinamool Rajya Sabha MP and owner of a Bengali daily, Srinjoy Bose, suspended Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh and Sudipta Sen’s lawyer Naresh Balodia. The charge sheet pertains to a case against Saradha Realty case and three other companies under section 120 B, 420, 409 of IPC and section 4 and 6 of Prize Chits and Money Circulation (Banning) act 1978 before the Alipore Court.
In the charge sheet, CBI mentioned that Mitra was a beneficiary in Saradha case. He was paid huge amounts for standing by Sudipta Sen’s empire. He had also conspired with Sen to dupe investors. He played a big role in influencing investors to trust the Saradha Group with their money.
The CBI was mostly dependent on the witnesses who gave the statement before the agency against these 4 persons. The CBI also mentioned how these three companies extorted money from Saradha Group in the name of business deal. The three companies are Kunal Ghosh’s company Strategy Media, Bengal Media and Sambad Pratidin.
On November 17, last year, the CBI had submitted the first charge sheet in the Saradha Realty case against 7 accused persons. The seven were Sudipta Sen, Saradha’s executive director Debjani Mukherjee, East Bengal Club official Debabrata Sarkar alias Nitu, retired IPS officer Rajat Majumdar, businessman Sajjan Agarwal, his son Sandhir and Assamese singer Sadananda Gogoi.
The CBI after submitting the charge sheet prayed for custodial trial of Mitra, Kunal Ghosh and Naresh Balodia as they already in the judicial custody. The CBI also clearly mentioned that Kunal Ghosh’s company Strategy Media got huge amounts of money from the group.
Last week the CBI prayed before the court to include section 409 of IPC (criminal breach of trust by public servant, or by banker, merchant or agent) against Mitra. The court allowed the prayer and the bail petition filed by his Mitra’s lawyer was rejected. The CBI was embarrassed when Srinjoy Bose and Rajat Majumdar were granted bail.