West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee “was fully aware of everything about” Sudipta Sen, the alleged mastermind in the Saradha chit fund scam, according to arrested Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh. He made the claims in a pre-recorded video that was aired by a local private television channel on Tuesday.
Ghosh, who has been suspended from the Trinamool, was group CEO of the media houses owned by the Saradha group of companies, which went bust in April.
In the video, he took the names of 12 people, including Mamata, claiming they were “connected” to Sudipta Sen “directly or indirectly” and might “help the investigators” in the chit fund case.
At a press conference held earlier before his arrest, Ghosh had talked about a tell-all video that he had recorded in Delhi. He had said that the video CD would be made public if he is not in a position to address the people of the state. On Tuesday, the video was aired by Bengali news channel 24 Ghanta.
In the video, after taking about 10 names, including Trinamool general secretary Mukul Roy, party MPs Subhendu Adhikary, Sisir Adhikary, Srinjay Bose, state minister Madan Mitra and retired IPS officer Rajat Majumdar, Ghosh started talking about Mamata. “I would not take her name. She is respectable to me. But I would say that facts that people know are completely different from the facts which are genuine. The genuine fact is more dangerous. People would come to know about that in few years,” he said.
“All the media houses owned by the Saradha group were used for the TMC party. If there was a single line reported against the party, I used to receive call asking why this happened.... The media owned by Sudipta Sen always functioned like the TMC mouthpiece,” said Ghosh.
“I have heard that a letter from the Corporate Affairs Ministry was sent to the state government stating that certain irregularities were found in some companies including Saradha group. Why did the government not tell us that Sudipta Sen was not a good man and we should leave his company? The chief minister knew I worked in Sen’s media company. But she never told me to leave the job,” said Ghosh.
About Mukul Roy, Ghosh said it would be “easier” to investigate the scam if Roy helped the investigators. “Roy and Rajat Majumdar — a close associate of Sudipta Sen —