CBI arrests former Bengal police chief in Saradha scam
KOLKATA: The CBI on Tuesday arrested former Director
General of West Bengal Police Rajat Majumdar in connection with the
multi-crore-rupee Saradha chit fund scam. “He has been arrested on grounds of
conspiracy, cheating and misappropriation of funds,” said a spokesperson for
the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Probing the scandal, the CBI earlier grilled Majumdar,
who worked as a security advisor for the tainted company, for the second time
during the day.
Majumdar, who had worked as Director General (Armed
Police) in West Bengal, was allegedly associated with Saradha Group, which has
been accused of duping thousands of investors with crore of rupees, official
Majumdar, who has been denying allegations against
him, will be produced before a designated court here, CBI said.
Majumdar's name cropped up after suspended Trinamool
Congress Rajya Sabha member Kunal Ghosh, now behind bars, accused the former
Indian Police Service officer of swindling crores of rupees in organising a
cultural programme in Las Vegas in 2012.
Majumdar joined Trinamool in recent years, and served
as the party's poll observer for Birbhum district for the 2013 panchayat
election. He faced the first round of questioning Aug 23.
On Aug 14, CBI sleuths raided Majumdar's residence and
seized many documents. The agency has registered four FIRs against Saradha
Group in the chit fund scam.
The Supreme Court had handed over the Saradha chit
fund scam probe to CBI and asked the state governments to provide all
logistical help to the agency's team investigating the matter.
CBI has formed a Special Investigating Team (SIT)
headed by Joint Director Rajiv Singh also probe the role of some officials of
Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and RBI, the sources said.