Former Trinamool leader arrested in Saradha scam


Former All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) leader Asif Khan, who hit headlines after making allegations of involvement of senior party leaders in Saradha scam, was arrested late on Thursday evening.

Mr Khan, who complained of chest pain after his arrest, has been admitted to R G Kar Medical College and Hospital and could not be produced before a court. Hospital authorities said that a medical board has been set up to monitor his health.

Kankar Prasad Barui, Deputy Commissioner, Detective Department of Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate, said two businessmen have alleged that Mr Khan had cheated them of Rs 28 crore .

The charges relate to a land deal.

“We have lot of evidence against him. He is a habitual offender and has a history of cheating people,” Mr Barui said, adding that there have been cases against Mr Khan in the past.

The police said they have frozen an account of Mr Khan which has Rs 3.14 crore deposit.

Mr Khan was associated with AITC till a few months ago. He was considered close to party general secretary Mukul Roy.

He, however, fell out with Mr. Roy after he alleged that the Trinamool leader was present in meetings with Saradha group chairman and managing director Sudipta Sen.

Mr Khan was quizzed by the Central Bureau of Investigation in connection with the Saradha scam.

The Opposition parties described the arrest as “political vendetta”.

Left Front chairperson Biman Bose and Congress State president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said Mr. Khan has been arrested to prevent him from speaking further on the association between the leaders of the AITC and Saradha scam accused.

Earlier, Trinamool MP Kunal Ghosh was arrested in connection with the scam after he made similar allegations and accused his party of making him a "scapegoat".

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