Calcutta, Oct. 17: Suspended Trinamul MP Kunal Ghosh was questioned for close to eight hours by the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) in Delhi today.
Ghosh, the former executive chairman of Saradha’s media wing, had been summoned by the SFIO, under the Union corporate affairs ministry, in connection with the Saradha default.
He has been asked to appear before the central investigating team again on Monday, SFIO sources said.
“I have said I will co-operate with any agency investigating the Saradha scam. I will come to Delhi again on Monday to face further questioning,” Ghosh said.
The MP said he had submitted personal documents such as details of his salary, income tax returns and bank statements to explain his role in Saradha.
“I told the interrogators that I was just an employee of the organisation,” said Ghosh, who was suspended from Trinamul last month.
Ghosh was suspended from Trinamul after he said at a blood donation camp in Calcutta that he would not be made a “scapegoat” and allow the Saradha issue to fizzle out. Immediately after Ghosh was suspended, Somnath Dutta, one of his close associates, was arrested by Bidhannagar police.
This is the first time a central agency has interrogated anybody linked to the Saradha Group after the default crisis surfaced in April.
The ministry of corporate affairs had asked the SFIO to conduct a probe into the Saradha default in which at least 17 lakh people lost money.