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Celebrity MP on ED radar

Sudipta Sen

Calcutta, June 8: A celebrity MP could be summoned for questioning by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the Saradha case, sources in the central agency have said.

The sources claimed that the ED had collected evidence that suggested Rs 2 crore had been transferred to a bank account of the MP from an account belonging to the Saradha Group.

The MP had been appointed to promote the Saradha Group but the ED could not trace any activity to suggest that the person had done so.

“Being told to promote a company doesn’t make anyone culpable. But we have gathered evidence that despite being appointed to endorse the Saradha Group, the person did not do anything in his official capacity. We would like to summon the MP to examine if the person was associated with the group in any other capacity,” said a senior official of the ED, which is probing the default scam under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

Sources familiar with the progress of the investigation said that apart from collecting official records showing the transfer of Rs 2 crore from Saradha’s account to the MP’s account, the ED had got “leads hinting at other transactions”.

The sources said that while studying the account details of Saradha, the ED had found out that two celebrities were on the group’s payroll as promoters. The central agency found that one of them was retained.

Former Saradha employees said group chairman Sudipta Sen liked proximity to celebrities.

“Sudipta Sen was happy to have the two celebrities on board. He was of the opinion that their association with his group would add to its glamour quotient,” said a former employee of the Saradha Group.