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CBI lists 20 Saradha witnesses

Calcutta, June 23: The CBI has drawn up a list of at least 20 people who were “witness” to how an accounting software was manipulated at the behest of Sudipta Sen to falsely guarantee investors in Saradha Realty land, flats or package tours.

The central agency, probing the Saradha scandal on a Supreme Court order, today said the 20 people were aware how the software — Safari — was used to allot the investors the benefits. The allotments depended on the amount invested, but most depositors did not get the facilities as the company went bankrupt.

“The software had the provision to de-allocate land allotted to an investor automatically after a specified period. The depositors did not know this. Sen was aware of this mechanism,” a CBI source said today. “Key decisions were taken by Sen in consultation with Debjani Mukherjee, who was one of the persons authorised to sign cheques and documents.”

At Alipore court today, the CBI sought Sen’s custody claiming it wanted to confront the group chairman with the 20 witnesses and Kunal Ghosh.

Additional chief judicial magistrate Haradhan Mukhopadhyay granted the CBI three days’ custody of Sen, Ghosh and Mukherjee.