Kolkata: Tapas Pal gets away, Manoranjana and Santanu not so lucky

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Oct 08, 2015 17:06 IST
Tapas Pal at the CBI office in Salt Lake. (Subhendu Ghosh/HT photo)

The CBI, on Wednesday, arrested Manoranjana Sinh, former wife of ex-Congress minister Matang Sinh, and Kolkata-based businessman Santanu Ghosh in connection with the Saradha scam.

CBI sources told HT that she took about Rs 25 crore from Saradha chair man Sudipta Sen for selling him the shares of a television channel.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is also probing the multi-crore-rupee Saradha scam, had grilled her in May.

Last year, CBI sleuths had raided Manoranjana Sinh’s house. Sen, in a letter to the CBI in 2013, had accused her of involvement in the Saradha scam.

Ghosh, who owned Xenitis Infotech, a computer hardware firm, and a TV channel was arrested by the ED last year for his alleged links in the Saradha scam.

He was later granted bail. Incidentally, Matang Sinh was arrested by the CBI in the Saradha scam on January 31 and is still behind the bars.

The CBI also grilled Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal and his wife, Nandini, in the Rose Valley case. The duo was allowed to leave after six hours of questioning.

The agency grilled the actor about his role in chit fund cases. In 2012, he wrote a letter to the President, Prime Minister and finance minister cautioning them against about a dozen chit fund companies in Bengal.

CBI sources said Ghosh was arrested for selling a “non-productive” automobile company, Global Automobiles, to Sen for Rs 53 crore. Sources also said Ghosh took loans from two nationalized banks by pledging Saradha property.

Sen in his letter to the CBI had also stated that Ghosh and two others sold a Bengali news channel to him for Rs 30 crore.

The Saradha chief alleged that no manufacturing took place at Global Automobiles and Ghosh used to generate false bills to show production and sales.

The Saradha Group that had collected hundred of crores of rupees from lakhs of depositors and investors through ponzi schemes went bust in April 2013.

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