The CBI on Monday filed a second charge sheet in the multi-crore Saradha scam case.
The first chargesheet had been filed by the CBI on October 22 this year naming the company chief Sudipta Sen, close aide Debjani Mukherjee and suspended Trinamool MP Kunal Ghosh.
This chargesheet was filed five months after it was ordered by the Supreme Court to probe the case. CBI sources had said then that the 25-page chargesheet coupled with annexures contained names of three accused persons, Sudipata Sen, Debjani Mukherjee and Kunal Ghosh, a suspended TMC Rajya Sabha MP who had worked with Sen.
Five companies, Saradha Tours & Travels, Saradha Gardens, Saradha Realty, Saradha Constructions and Strategic Media, a company owned by Kunal Ghosh, were also named in the first chargesheet.
The chargesheet was filed by the investigation officer of the Special Crime Branch of CBI accompanied by its counsel with the Metropolitan Magistrate of the City Sessions Court.
It was filed under Sections 120B, 409 and 420 of the Indian Penal Code(IPC) and also under Sections four and six of Prize, Chit and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act 1978.
The charge sheet was filed on a day when the Calcutta High Court rejected a petition seeking extension of the term of Shyamal Sen Commission formed to probe the ponzi scheme scam in which thousands of small investors were allegedly duped.
Meanwhile, the Calcutta High court today pulled up Presidency Jail authorities for not filing report on Ghosh’s health condition despite his suicide threat.
Ghosh, who allegedly tried to commit suicide in the Presidency Correctional Home and was admitted to state-run SSKM Hospital, was discharged and taken back to the jail.
On Friday, Ghosh had allegedly tried to commit suicide by consuming sleeping pills in the jail, following which the jail superintendent, a doctor and a staff-on-duty were suspended.
Ghosh, who was jailed after his arrest last year, was admitted to the SSKM Hospital. His stomach was washed and samples were sent for forensic test.
Presidency Correctional Home authorities had filed an FIR at the Hastings Police Station against Ghosh for allegedly attempting to commit suicide.
When he was produced before a city court on November 10, Ghosh had threatened to commit suicide if CBI did not take “proper action” against those allegedly involved in the chit fund scam within three days.