Kolkata, June 24 (IANS) Sudipta Sen, the promoter of chit fund entity Saradha Group that embezzled multiple crores of rupees through its multi-level marketing (MLM) schemes, alleged in a court on Friday that he was extorted a number of times by the current leader of opposition in West Bengal Assembly, Suvendu Adhikari, who was then associated with the Trinamool Congress.
On Friday, Sen was brought to the MP-MLA court in Salt Lake on the outskirts of Kolkata. While coming out of the court, he told mediapersons that he has informed the court in detail how he was extorted a number of times by Adhikari.
“I had gone to Contai to meet Adhikari for the purpose of land plan sanction where I was extorted. I have informed the court all the details,” he said.
Soon after Sen’s allegations went viral, Trinamool Congress spokesperson Kunal Ghosh and senior party legislator Tapas Roy called a press conference and demanded immediate arrest of Adhikari by the CBI sleuths probing chit fund scams in West Bengal.
“If the CBI claims to be unbiased, their officers should immediately take Adhikari into custody. Sudipta Sen had named Adhikari as an accused earlier also. But he (Adhikari) is still moving around freely,” Roy said.
Ghosh said that Adhikari has joined the BJP to save himself from the clutches of the central agencies.
“Now the BJP is giving him political protection,” Ghosh alleged.
Till this report was filed, there was no reaction from Adhikari on this count.
However, BJP spokesman Shamik Bhattacharya said that the matter is under investigation.
“Already some people have been behind the bars in this connection, and we know who they are,” he said.
Bengal BJP President Sukanta Majumdar alleged that Sudipta Sen has named Adhikari under pressure from the Trinamool Congress and the police.