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Kunal to sound PM on Saradha

Calcutta, Nov. 22: Suspended Trinamul Congress MP Kunal Ghosh today said he would write to the Prime Minister demanding that the Saradha default probe be handed over to the CBI.

At a news conference in his Gorpar home in north Calcutta today, Ghosh, who has been summoned by Bidhannagar police tomorrow, said he was apprehending arrest.

Late tonight, some personnel from Narkeldanga police station were seen outside the home of Ghosh, who was the head of the Saradha Group’s media basket. Ghosh returned home later.

“I will write to the Prime Minister before I appear before the police. I will request the Prime Minister to hand over the probe immediately to the CBI as the investigation has been delayed for too long. Let Mamata Banerjee’s police arrest me,” Ghosh said.

He added that he would not apply for anticipatory bail as he had “not done any wrong”.

Rajya Sabha MP Ghosh, who broke down while addressing the media, threatened to disclose within 24 hours the names of Trinamul leaders who he said had had links with the Saradha Group, which went bust in April after it defaulted on repaying investors in its deposit-mobilising schemes.

While being interrogated by Bidhannagar police last night, Ghosh was apparently told that he would be arrested if he failed to reveal where the money collected from depositors was.

“I have been asking this question from day one: where is the money? Now the police have placed this question before me. I was heading only the media unit (of Saradha) and had no links with the other business operations of the group. The police should ask this question to those who used Saradha’s media wing for their personal and political gains,” Ghosh said at the news conference.

At a blood donation camp on Amherst Street in September, Ghosh had said he would not be made a “scapegoat” and allow the Saradha issue to “fizzle out”. He had demanded a CBI probe then too.

Trinamul all-India general secretary Mukul Roy refused comment on Ghosh’s statements at the news conference.

“He is a suspended MP. We choose not to respond. It is only his apprehension that he could be arrested. I can only say that the law will take its own course,” Roy said.