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'Sen met TMC leaders before he fled from Kolkata'

Saradha group chairman Sudipta Sen held meetings with TMC general secretary Mukul Roy and MP Subhendu Adhikari days before escaping from Kolkata in April 2013, alleges the businessman's driver.

india Updated: Sep 24, 2014 05:50 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Saradha group chairman, Sudipta Sen, held meetings with Trinamool Congress general secretary, Mukul Roy, and MP Subhendu Adhikari days before escaping from Kolkata in April 2013 when his chit fund empire was crumbling all around him, Sen's driver Arvind Singh Chauhan said on Tuesday.

Chauhan was speaking to the media just after walking out on bail from a jail.

Though there were speculation in many circles that Roy had met Sen before he escaped from the city, this is the first time that somebody came forward to state publicly.

"I drove Sudipta Sen to the Nizam Palace office of Mukul Roy on April 5. Two days later, on April 7, Subhendu Adhikari visited Sen's office at Midland Park," said Chauhan. He also said the meeting went on for about an hour.

"Another Saradha agent of South 24 Parganas, Arindam das was also present in the meeting between Sudipta Sen and Aubhendu Adhikari on April 7," added Chauhan.

After Chauhan's allegation, while Mukul Roy kept mum, Adhikari told the media that he would move a defamation case against Chauhan.

Incidentally, Chauhan drove the car in which Sudipta Sen escaped from Kolkata on April 9. He was arrested with Sudipta Sen and Debjani Mukherjee on April 21, 2013 from Sonemarg in J&K.

Chauhan was caustic after walking out on bail. "I did not hatch any conspiracy, nor was I a part of any. All the conspirators are roaming free," remarked Chauhan on Tuesday afternoon.

Minutes after, Chauhan went to the CBI office on his own. He also told the media that he has shared all details with the CBI investigators.

Chauhan used to work for Saradha at the Delhi office and was summoned to Kolkata on April 4.

"On April 9, Sen told me that we are going out on some work. But I had no idea that he was escaping," Chauhan also commented.

First Published: Sep 23, 2014 16:54 IST