Former DG (armed police) of West Bengal and Trinamool Congress leader, Rajat Majumdar, was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday evening in connection with the Saradha scam.
Majumdar allegedly drew up the blueprint for Sudipta Sen’s escape from Kolkata in April last year and is the first ruling party leader to be arrested by the Enforcement Directorate and CBI.
According to a section of police officers, he is also the first IPS officer who has served in Bengal to be arrested. Majumdar was one of the active conduits between one of the senior leaders of the party and Sudipta Sen.
The sections slapped against Majumdar include IPC section 120B (criminal conspiracy), 403 (dishonest misappropriation of funds) and 420 (cheating).
CBI sleuths claim Majumdar held meetings with Sen and a senior Trinamool leader in Kolkata’s Nizam Palace where the details of Sen’s route were chalked out.
An examination of Sudipta Sen’s telephone records showed that he contacted Majumdar when on the run despite Majumdar having resigned from Saradha in 2012. According to sources, Majumdar also had a role in ‘managing the cash’ of the group. Majumdar claimed he was the chief security consultant of Sudipta Sen’s empire.
The CBI sleuths also discovered that Majumdar was paid Rs. 10 lakh per month as consultancy fees. However, he also could not furnish any contract with Saradha to substantiate his claim.
“Nothing can be more shameful than a former DGP being arrested ,” remarked state BJP leader Tathagata Roy. “We will see more such arrests in the coming days. The common man of Bengal believes the ruling party is deeply involved in the scam,” said Congress leader Abdul Mannan.
“It is surprising that after Majumdar’s retirement, Saradha bosses discovered such great talents of the police. Mamata Banerjee has to prove whether she is a Trinamool leader, or the chief patron of Saradha,” remarked CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakravarty.