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Arpita denies Sen comment

Ghosh

Calcutta, Feb. 1: Theatre personality Arpita Ghosh, seen as close to Mamata Banerjee, today denied in court that she had mentioned Saradha Group chief Sudipta Sen’s deposit-mobilising business in her police statement.

Ghosh had lodged a case against Sen accusing him of not paying her salary. She told his lawyer during a hearing at the Bidhannagar additional chief judicial magistrate’s court today: “I had mentioned nothing about his deposit-collection business in my statement to the police.”

She added: “I had only said I had not received my salary for two months as an employee of the (Saradha-run) Tara channels.”

Sen’s lawyer Anirban Guha Thakurta had earlier told Ghosh that the records of her police statement suggested she had accused the Saradha chief of collecting money from gullible depositors and investing it at high interest in the markets.

Ghosh, who had come to depose before the magistrate in the salary case, said: “I did not get my salary for two months. I received an email from Sen on April 15 which said that paying the salary would not be possible and the backlog would be cleared in September. I lodged a police complaint the next day.”

A police officer later said that while her statement was being recorded at Electronic Complex police station on April 19 last year, Ghosh had said what lawyer Thakurta had referred to today. The police have submitted the statement in court.

“But today, she changed her statement in court,” the officer said.

When The Telegraph contacted her tonight, Ghosh said: “I never said in my police statement that Sen had collected money from poor depositors and cheated them.”

Some officers said Ghosh’s comments today would not weaken the default cases against Sen as many duped depositors had lodged complaints. Another group of officers said that Ghosh’s move could give some respite to the Saradha chief.