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Saradha scam: Court extends judicial custody of TMC lawmaker

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Kolkata: Rejecting his bail plea, a city court on Thursday extended the judicial remand of Trinamool Congress lawmaker and Saradha scam accused Madan Mitra till January 14.

Mitra was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation on December 12, 2014, for his alleged complicity in the multi-crore-rupee scam. He stepped down as the state transport minister in November.

Pressing for bail, Mitra’s counsel contended that the CBI’s assertion of him being an influential person did not stand as he was no more a minister.

The counsel also pleaded for his bail on health grounds.

The CBI has been repeatedly opposing Mitra’s bail plea contending he was an influential person and granting him bail would adversely affect the investigation.

The court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Sougata Roy Chowdhury extended his judicial custody by 14 days.

Arrested and indicted by the CBI on charges of cheating, conspiracy, and criminal breach of trust, Mitra was granted bail by a lower court on October 31.

However, the relief was subsequently cancelled by the Calcutta High Court on November 19 and he has been in judicial custody since then. (IANS)

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Supplementary chargesheet filed by CBI: Saradha scam

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Kolkata: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) accused former union minister Matang Singh’s estranged wife Manoranjana, Saradha Group chairmen Sudipta Sen and entrepreneur Shantanu Ghosh in the Saradha scam and filed a supplementary charge sheet in a city court on Monday.

In the latest charge sheet filed in the multi-crore-rupee scam, the CBI charged the trio with criminal conspiracy, cheating, criminal breach of trust and under the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act. The name of Nalini Chidambaram was also included in the charge sheet of Saradha scam. She was named as the one who had access to certain information on the controversial channel deal. ” Being the lawyer of Manoranjana Singh, her fee had been paid from Saradha money because of which her name came up in the list,” a CBI officer said.

” Being the lawyer of Manoranjana Singh, her fee had been paid from Saradha money because of which her name came up in the list,” a CBI officer said.

Manoranjana, a former journalist, had allegedly sold her shares in an audio-visual channel to the Saradha Group.

Ghosh, the owner of now-defunct Xenitis Group, had allegedly compelled Sen to buy his automobile company with “huge liabilities” at an inflated price.(IANS)

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