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Kolkata: The CBI, which is probing the chit fund scam in West Bengal, on Wednesday submitted a charge sheet indicting six directors of state based Win Realcon Ltd for illegally raising public money. Filed before the additional chief judicial magistrate’s court in Barrack pore, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has named six directors under various sections including cheating, criminal breach of trust and under the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Scheme Banning Act.

cbi-ibnlive2While five of the directors – Mahitosh Ganguly, Raju Dey, Rajib Debnath, Joy Bhowmick and Partha Pratim Roy – were arrested by the CBI and are currently in judicial custody, the sixth Ranabir Das is absconding. Along with the directors, two companies – Win Realcon Ltd and WRL Consultancy Pvt Ltd, have also been named in the charge sheet.
The CBI had registered cases against several non Saradha Group companies including Win Realcon in November 2014 for various charges including criminal breach of trust, cheating, criminal conspiracy and violation of Prize Chits and Money Circulation Scheme (Banning) Act.

(IANS)

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