Kolkata: Targeting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee once again in the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam, suspended Trinamool Congress Chief MP Kunal Ghosh on Saturday demanded that police should grill TMC chief adding that “for truth to emerge, Mamata should be questioned.”
According to news reports, presented before the court, with the Central Bureau of Investigation seeking to take him into their custody, Ghosh said, “West Bengal CM is a beneficiary in the Chit fund scam. For truth to emerge, Mamata must be questioned.”
He added that he should be interrogated face to face with Banerjee and scam kingpin Sudipta Sen so that his contentions can be corroborated and the truth behind the scam unravelled.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) who is investigating the case is hoping to secure the custody of the suspended Rajya Sabha MP for further questioning.
While Ghosh's proposal has been welcomed by rival parties, the Trinamool accused Ghosh of dragging in Banerjee's name to save his skin.
Last year, Ghosh was arrested in Kolkata in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam. But within two hours of his arrest, Kunal Ghosh, in a Facebook post, named 12 people who, he said, could help the police unravel the scam. In that list of 12, there were names of at least four TMC MPs including party supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Ghosh has repeatedly alleged the complicity of several of his party leaders in the scam.
While state Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury welcomed the proposal, Trinamool secretary general Partha Chatterjee attacked Ghosh for dragging in Banerjee's name.
"Now that he has realised that he may be subjected to punishment by law anytime for his wrongdoings, he is trying to take the CM's name in a futile attempt to save himself," said Chatterjee, who also castigated a section of media for running a smear campaign against his party and the government.
"We welcome what Ghosh has proposed and the chief minister should accept it. Ghosh can play a catalytic role in unravelling the truth behind the scam. So the CBI should get Mamata, Sen and Ghosh to sit together and interrogate," said Chowdhury.
CPI-M MP Mohammad Salim too welcomed the move and said Banerjee should come out with whatever she knows about the scam.