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Sudipta, aides denied bail in money laundering
May 10, 2013
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KOLKATA: Rejecting the bail pleas of Saradha Group promoter Sudipta Sen and two of his close aides, including Debjani Mukherjee, a West Bengal court on Thursday sent the three to nine days’ police custody in one case and 14 days’ judicial custody in another case.

Bidhannagar Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate AHM Rahman, passed the order in two different cases, the first of which was filed on an FIR by Arpita Ghosh, on the basis of which the three were arrested on April 23, and subsequently sent to 14 days’ police custody.

The second case was started on the basis of an FIR by Kannoj Mandal, an investor of the company.

In both the FIRs, the deposit seeking company of the Saradha Group has been accused of cheating.

While in the first case, the trio has been remanded to 14 days’ judicial custody, the court ordered nine days’ police custody in the second.

Praying for bail, defence counsel argued that the accused have cooperated with police during interrogation and that they have no intention either to abscond or to deny the investors refund of their money. However, the court rejected their pleas and remanded them in custody.

In New Delhi, leaders of Left parties on Thursday met the prime minister and the finance minister and sought a CBI probe into the ponzi scam and stringent measures to tackle fraudulent money pooling activities.

The Left parties have been demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI0 probe alleging that the Mamata Banerjee government was opposed to such an investigation as it would reveal links of her party with the prime movers of the chit fund scam — Saradha Group and others.

The delegation, which included Sitaram Yechury, Basudeb Acharia, Suryakanta Mishra, Asim Dasgupta (all Communist Party of India-Marxist), Prabodh Panda (Communist Party of India) and Manohar Tirkey (Revolutionary Socialist Party), would also meet President Pranab Mukherjee.

Mishra, who is the leader of opposition in the West Bengal Assembly, has earlier claimed that those running ponzi schemes “provided funds to the ruling Trinamool Congress and a dozen MPs and MLAs would be in trouble if a CBI investigation was conducted” and alleged that they had “a give and take relationship.”

Left Front MPs and MLAs have over the past two years submitted memoranda to the Centre including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh demanding steps to check the mushrooming of ponzi schemes in West Bengal, saying such companies were fraudulently depriving the poor of their hard-earned income.


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