West Bengal: Trinamool MP took Rs 4 crore from Saradha's Sen

KolkataRajya Sabha Member of TMC Kunal Ghosh, after appearing before a judicial commission, in Kolkata Monday. PTI

In a major embarrassment for the ruling Trinamool Congress, party MP Kunal Ghosh today claimed that a TMC leader who wanted his ouster had once taken Rs 4 crore from Sudipta Sen, owner of the Saradha Group that recently went bust. He did not name the leader.

Ghosh also alleged that several other leaders were beneficiaries of the Saradha Group.

The MP, who has been summoned thrice by the CID of the state police for his alleged role in the Saradha scam, has recently been showcaused by the TMC for anti-party statements.

The journalist-cum-politician, who joined the TMC in 2012, however, put Minister for Agriculture Moloy Ghatak in the dock, saying Ghatak was threatening the financier of his new media venture.

Ghosh made these allegations after facing the Commission of Inquiry set up to probe the police firing of July 21 in 1993 in which at least 14 people were killed during a gherao programme at the Writers' Buildings .

Later, speaking with The Indian Express at his Gariahat office, Ghosh said: "Some of the leaders are hitting the roof, saying I should be expelled from the party. Why are they saying so? Is it because of the fact that they are also beneficiaries (of Saradha)? One of these leaders took Rs 4 crore from Sudipta Sen. Sen himself told me about this,'' Ghosh said.

He also said he was fearing an attempt on his life. "Anything can happen to me but I am not afraid. And so far as my arrest is concerned, if the police think they will arrest me, let them do that. What can I say?'' Ghosh, who is now attached to another media company, Radiant News, said.

He also said he had urged the party leadership to set up a commission to probe his role in the Saradha scam

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