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Bengal scam

Ponzi scheme: TMC MP Kunal Ghosh offers to resign
PTI
Kolkata, April 27, 2013
First Published: 02:02 IST(27/4/2013)
Last Updated: 02:03 IST(27/4/2013)

Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh, against whom Saradha Group chairman Sudipta Sen has made allegations in a letter to CBI, on Friday offered to resign from the Rajya Sabha if charges against him in the chit fund scam were proved.

Ghosh, in a six page letter to party chief Mamata Banerjee said "I am ready to face and co-operate with any investigation.

"I am not connected with the Saradha's money market activities. I am ready to resign as a Rajya Sabha member if investigation revealed (complicity in the scam)," he said.

Ghosh said that he had joined the media unit of the Saradha Group before joining the TMC.

"I joined the Saradha media group in September, 2010 and became member of TMC and MP in March 2012," he said.

Trinamool Congress MP Derek O' Brian quoted Ghosh as saying "If the leader asks then he will resign."

Earlier, an FIR was filed against Ghosh, Sudipta Sen and six others for non-payment of salaries to employees of a television channel run by the chitfund company.

The FIR was filed last night at the Park Street police station by 21 employees of Channel 10 stating that they were not paid salaries by the company which also did not deposit their provident fund dues, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Pallab Kanti Ghosh said.

Asked whether the MP would be arrested, Ghosh said, "We have started the investigation. Whatever is needed for the sake of investigation will be done."  

The TMC MP, on his part, said that he was only an employee with responsibility for editorial content of the channel.

"I'm ready to face any investigation. I was not the owner. Finance and accounts were not under me. I did not have cheque signing authority. Attempts are being made to tarnish my image," Ghosh, who was the Saradha group media CEO, said.

He said that Sudipta Sen, the Saradha Group chairman,was the owner of Channel 10.


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