Matang and Sen mentor in chargesheet

The CBI today submitted its second supplementary chargesheet in the Saradha Realty case, naming former Congress MP Matang Sinh and erstwhile director of the company Shib Narayan Das.  Both Sinh and Das, who had allegedly initiated Saradha chief Sudipta Sen into the deposit-mobilising business, are in jail custody.

By Our Special Correspondent in Calcutta
  • Published 18.04.15
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Calcutta, April 17: The CBI today submitted its second supplementary chargesheet in the Saradha Realty case, naming former Congress MP Matang Sinh and erstwhile director of the company Shib Narayan Das. 
Both Sinh and Das, who had allegedly initiated Saradha chief Sudipta Sen into the deposit-mobilising business, are in jail custody.

The CBI had first submitted a chargesheet in the Saradha Realty case on November 17 last year and followed it up with a supplementary chargesheet on February 18, where it named transport minister Madan Mitra among others. 
In the 31-page second supplementary chargesheet that the CBI submitted in Alipore court today, the central agency has named Matang and four companies associated with him — NE Multimedia, NE Television, Positive Radio and Impulse Production. 

The former MP has been accused of criminal conspiracy, cheating and criminal breach of trust under 
Sections 120B, 420 and 409 of the IPC. 

“There are reasons to believe that Sinh had conspired with Sen in misappropriating huge amounts of company (Saradha Realty) funds. Sinh did so with the knowledge of what he was doing and how it would benefit him,” a senior CBI officer said.   

In his purported letter to the CBI in April 2013, Sen had mentioned Matang, alleging that he had taken “Rs 28 crores from us in his various accounts”.     

CBI sources said Sen had struck a deal with Matang’s Positive Group on October 1, 2010, in which it was agreed upon that the former MP would sell 50 per cent shares in his four companies to the Saradha Group for Rs 81.5 crore. 

“In September 2012, Sen gave Rs 28.24 crore to Matang as part payment,” the CBI officer said. “In February 2013, there was another deal wherein the previous one was cancelled. Matang was supposed to refund the money to Sen but did not.”

Sources said the CBI probe had revealed that Matang knew about Sen’s deposit-mobilisation business but still projected the Saradha chief in Assam as a “successful businessman” who was keen on expanding his activities in the state. 

The chargesheet submitted today mentions 31 witnesses, including former Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. Sarma’s house was searched by the CBI in August 2014 in connection with the Saradha probe. The chargesheet also mentions Rajesh Bajaj, a Guwahati-based businessman, as one of the witnesses.

On Sen’s alleged mentor Das, the chargesheet mentions that he was with the Saradha chief since the inception of the group and had played a key role in helping Sen learn the basis of money marketing.
Das, who was on the run since April 2013, was arrested in Howrah in January this year. A fully loaded revolver and ammunition were seized from him. 

In his purported letter, Sen had alleged that Das had taken money from Saradha Realty to set up his own company, Silicon Projects. 
Das started Silicon Projects, one of the 44 non-Saradha deposit-mobilising companies against which the CBI has started an investigation, in 2009. Two years later, he launched a newspaper called Bhorer Barta. 

“Das has been charged with criminal conspiracy, cheating and criminal breach of trust. He has also been booked under Sections 4 and 6 of the Prize Chits and Money Circulation (Banning) Act, 1978,” the CBI officer said.