Saradha group chit fund scam: Sleuths close in on Sudipta Sen's 'overseas links'

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Chit fund scam: Sleuths investigating Saradha group CMD Sudipta Sen, who purportedly has investments in India under 210 bank accounts in his name, are now probing whether Sen has overseas investments.

A police source said, "We got a tip-off that Sen and his aides wanted to flee to Pakistan from Kashmir along with his aides. So we are now interrogating whether Sen had set up any businesses outside India, especially in Pakistan and Dubai. We are also probing how many overseas bank accounts were opened in his name as well as Debjani Mukherjee's name."

Sources said that during interrogation, Sen's aide Debjani had revealed that the CMD had decided to escape to a neighbouring country from Kashmir on April 17 and they had contacted a person in Kashmir for help. As the person needed some time to make the arrangements for their escape, Sen and his aides kept changing their location.

The police came to know that Sen's aide Arvind Singh Chauhan, who ran various businesses in New Delhi, used his connections to start a similar chit fund business in Kashmir, where they had cheated many people. His office was at Lalchowk in Kashmir. The police suspect that those who had helped Arvind start the business there also offered him help to flee the place. Details of some of the group's property outside India have been unearthed, the police will conduct raids there. Debjani is supposed to accompany police during the raids.

Arnab Ghosh, Deputy Commissioner of Bidhannagar Police admitted they were looking into overseas links, but did not divulge details. "We are interrogating now, and so we cannot comment," he said.

A team from Guwahati police interrogated Sen, as the daily Seven Sisters Post, run by his company, has also closed down. They are also probing whether Sen had links with Assam health and education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

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