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Baseless tag on Kunal claim

- Saradha chief says arrested Trinamul MP lying
Sudipta Sen and Debjani Mukherjee get off a police van in Jalpaiguri on Tuesday. Pictures by Biplab Basak

Nov. 26: Sudipta Sen today said those named by Kunal Ghosh in connection with the Saradha probe did not have any links with his business group, adding that statements attributed to the Trinamul MP were “baseless”.

While leaving a Jalpaiguri court, where he was produced in connection with two cases of default, Saradha chief Sen said: “Those being named by Kunal have no links with Saradha. They never took any advantage from Saradha. Kunal is making the statements for his political gains. I have been in jail for seven months. Ever since Kunal fell out with the chief minister, he has been lying and making baseless (ulto palta) statements.”

Hours after his arrest on Saturday, a post on the Facebook page of Kunal, who had been the head of Saradha’s media basket, had said some senior Trinamul leaders, including Mamata Banerjee, would be better placed to help in the Saradha probe.

While leaving a Salt Lake court in Calcutta on Sunday, Kunal had nodded when reporters asked him if he had named the chief minister during the interrogation.

Sen, who was produced in court today along with his deputy Debjani Mukherjee, said Kunal was “in charge of the entire media business of my company”.

“I used to be busy with the deposits made in my companies and other works of the group,” he added.

This is the first time Sen has spoken about Kunal after Sen’s arrest in April.

Sen said the Saradha Group had returned deposits to the tune of Rs 850 crore to investors in July 2008. “I have provided other important information about deposits and refunds to my interrogators.”

Sources in the Jalpaiguri chief judicial magistrate’s court said Sen and Debjani had been booked under Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 420 (cheating) of the IPC and under the Employees’ Provident Fund Act.

“The chief judicial magistrate heard the cases and ordered that they (Sen and Debjani) be produced again on December 10. The court has also ordered that Kunal Ghosh and Somnath Dutta (arrested Saradha Group vice-president) be produced in the court on the same day,” said Santa Chatterjee, the assistant public prosecutor of Jalpaiguri.