Former DGP grilled in Saradha scam

Retired IPS officer Rajat Majumdar, considered close to the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC), was questioned for nearly seven hours by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) here on Saturday in connection with the multi-crore Saradha scam.

Mr Majumdar, former DGP (Armed Police), was associated with the Saradha Group as security advisor. His house was searched by the CBI on August 14.

Suspended Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh, who is behind bars for his alleged involvement in the scam since November 2013, had alleged that the retired police officer had taken money from the Saradha Group chairman and managing director, Sudipta Sen.

According to the sources, Mr Majumdar was questioned in presence of Mr Sen, the kingpin of the scam who is under the custody of the Central agency.

Mr Sen had told interrogators that Mr Majumdar took several crore of rupees as the key organiser of the Saradha- sponsored ‘Banga Sammelan’, a three-day programme by non resident Bengalis in Las Vegas in 2012.

“All the allegations are false,” Mr Majumdar said, refusing to comment on how much money he had taken from the group.

“ I will not tell media whether I had taken Rs 4 crore or four hundred crore,” he retorted before entering the CBI office during the day.

Mr Majumadar was a regular at the AITC party headquarters and served as the party’s observer for Birbhum during the panchayat polls in 2013.

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