Saradha scam: Sudipta Sen's aide drove him for meeting with TMC leader

Saradha Group chairman Sudipta Sen's driver and aide Arvind Singh Chouhan on Tuesday claimed that he had driven him to Nizam Palace on April, 5, 2013 for a meeting where Trinamool Congress general secretary Mukul Roy was present, before his boss fled.

PTI| Updated: Sep 23, 2014, 19:39 PM IST

Kolkata: Saradha Group chairman Sudipta Sen's driver and aide Arvind Singh Chouhan on Tuesday claimed that he had driven him to Nizam Palace on April, 5, 2013 for a meeting where Trinamool Congress general secretary Mukul Roy was present, before his boss fled.

"On April 5 (2013), I had taken Sudipta Sen to Nizam Palace for a meeting. I could see Mukul Roy and none else," Chouhan, who was enlarged on bail today, told waiting newspersons outside Presidency Correctional Home here.

Nizam Palace is a central government office complex in the heart of the metropolis.

"From there, we came back to our Midland Park office," Chouhan said, who had driven Sen and his close associate Debjani Mukherjee to Jammu and Kashmir from where they were all arrested.

He also alleged that Trinamool Congress MP Suvendu Adhikari had held a meeting with Sen at the Saradha Group's head office Midland Park building in Salt Lake.

"Two days later, Suvendu Adhikari came to Midland Park in the night and held a meeting there with him (Sen), who received him at the entrance," Chouhan, who was reportedly a close aide of the Saradha Group boss, said.

"The meeting lasted for nearly an hour," he said.

"Next day Sudipta Sen asked me to accompany him saying that there was some work. But I did not know that he was fleeing," Chouhan claimed.

Chouhan had driven Sen and Debjani Mukherjee as they fled Kolkata on April 9. All the three were arrested from a hotel in Sonmarg in Kashmir Valley on April 21, 2013.

When asked for his reaction to the allegations made by Chouhan, in the sidelines of a Trinamool Congress programme here, Roy said "no comment."

When contacted by PTI, Adhikari, a two-time MP, said "These are baseless and politically motivated. I don't even bother to answer such queries.