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Saradha quiz for ex-minister

Calcutta, May 20: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) today questioned former Congress minister Matang Sinh in Delhi in connection with the Saradha default probe.

In his purported letter dated April 6, 2013, to the CBI, Saradha chief Sudipta Sen had alleged that Sinh had taken Rs 28 crore “on various accounts” and later offered him 50 per cent shares in a TV news channel. Sen had also claimed that the agreement had been cancelled and Sinh had issued a post-dated cheque.

“All the cheques are lying with Mr Rajesh Bajaj and he has not handed over to me for reasons known best (sic) to him. He (Sinh) is a very popular man in Guwahati and the cheque should be recovered from him,” the purported letter had said.

Sources said Sinh was questioned for over an hour today. ED officials asked him about his financial dealings with the Saradha Group, especially its media operations, the sources added.

Sinh’s statement was recorded under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

The sources said Sinh, a former Rajya Sabha MP from Assam, was “extremely co-operative”.

The Justice Shyamal Sen commission has asked Sinh to appear before it in Calcutta on May 22.