Saradha Chit Fund scam: TMC MP Srinjoy Bose Arrested

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Kolkata, Nov 21: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday arrested Trinamool Congress (TMC) Rajya Sabha MP Srinjoy Bose in connection with the multi-crore Saradha scam. He is said to be close to West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

Bose, who also owns the popular Bengali daily "Pratidin", once employed the suspended Trinamool Rajya Sabha MP Kunal Ghosh, now behind bars for his alleged role in the Saradha scam, as editor of the newspaper.

The special crime branch of the CBI had earlier too questioned the Trinamool Congress MP.

Earlier in the day, West Bengal Textile Minister Shyamapada Mukherjee, Trinamool Congress MP Srinjoy Bose and Congress leader Somen Mitra appeared before the CBI in connection with the case.

Till now, several TMC leaders have been arrested and interrogated by the CBI in connection with the scam.

With the CBI summoning West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra and Trinamool Congress MP Srinjoy Bose, the opposition BJP and the Congress on Wednesday had said that more names from the ruling party would be interrogated in the multi-crore-rupee Saradha scam.

The summons were sent to both the Trinamool leaders days after the central probe agency submitted its second charge sheet in the scam and a failed suicide bid by suspended Trinamool Rajya Sabha member Kunal Ghosh, who is behind bars.

On Tuesday, the CBI had arrested a middleman after recovering cash of over Rs 14 lakh and two gold biscuits from his residence during searches conducted at 18 locations including the home of a Rajya Sabha MP in connection with its probe into the Seashore group's alleged chit fund scam.

Shubhankar Nayak, the alleged middleman was arrested by the agency for his alleged links with Seashore Group in Odisha.

The agency had carried out search operations in Delhi and Mumbai besides 16 locations in Odisha. These included the residence of Rajya Sabha MP from Odhisa Pyarimohan Mohapatra in Delhi and Bhubaneswar and two retired IAS officers  - PK Hota and SC Pattnaik from the state.

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