Kolkata, February 7: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today summoned former Trinamool Congress (TMC) Rajya Sabha MP, Kunal Ghosh to appear in Shillong CBI office on February 10 in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam case. Ghosh was CEO of Saradha Group's media arm. In 2013, Bidhannagar Police arrested him under sections 420 (cheating), 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 120B (conspiracy) of the IPC. Ghosh, a journalist-turned-politician, was suspended by the Trinamool Congress on the grounds of indiscipline. Mamata Banerjee Vs CBI: Centre to Strip IPS Officers Of Their Medals For Taking Part in West Bengal CM's Dharna.
The latest stand-off between the Narendra Modi-led central government and West Bengals Mamata Banerjee government has again brought the two multi-crore ponzi scams - Saradha and Rose Valley - into the mainstream of the political discourse. Ghosh was summoned by the CBI, days after a political row erupted over the probe agency’s move to question Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in connection with the Saradha chit fund case on Sunday. Five CBI officials were also detained by the Kolkata Police, but were later released. Mamata Banerjee, Right or Wrong, The Only Leader in Opposition Who Can Take PM Narendra Modi Head-On?
After the entire incident, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called for the ‘Save the constitution’ dharna after high drama took place outside the residence of Kumar. Opposition leaders including, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and former Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav extended their support to Banerjee. The Dharna was called off after two days.