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Saradha scam: ED arrests Sudipto Sen’s wife, son

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested the wife and son of the alleged kingpin of the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam Sudipto Sen from Kolkata.

A number of Trinamool leaders were named by arrested Trinamool MP Kunal Ghosh for taking money from Saradha.

Sen’s wife Piyali Sen was arrested from a house at VIP road in Kolkata and his son Shubhojit was arrested from Behala. Both later told ED officials that they had no information about the money that was siphoned off by Sen, who headed Saradha group.

Sen’s son and wife failed to provide any major clues, as they mentioned that they were directors only on paper and were merely signatories as they were directed by Sen.

The agency, sources said, arrested both as they want to confront them with some incriminating documents that the agency has obtained after raids at some locations of the Kolkata-based firms.

The agency has recently issued summons to numerous entities involved in the case even as it attached assets worth Rs 140 crore of individuals and firms on money laundering charges.

The ED has also issued a notice asking general public “to furnish information and particulars of properties, both movable and immovable as well as bank accounts, in West Bengal and other places, if any, related to Saradha group known to them, with specific details” to it.

Recently, ED’s zonal office in Kolkata issued summons to about 15 people involved in the funds transactions of the scam that came to the fore early last year after duped investors raised their voice of grievance.

The notices come in the backdrop of ED attaching Rs 105.62 crore assets of various entities involved in the case including Saradha director Sudipto Sen and Piyali.

It had attached Rs 34 crore worth of assets earlier in the same probe.

The agency is jointly probing the case taking cognisance of the FIRs filed by the three state police departments.

The agency has till now issued attachment orders on all equity shares of all 224 companies of the Saradha group, insurance policies in the name of Sen and his wife, numerous land properties and plots, 390 bank accounts and equity shares of a TV channel run by the beleaguered group.

The agency has also issued an advisory that no one should “transact” in these attached assets without seeking permission of the agency.

The SC has criticized Sebi and RBI, saying that had there been timely intervention, the number of people affected in the scam could have been much less.

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