Mithun surrenders Rs 1.2 crore received from Saradha

Trinamool Congress MP and actor Mithun Chakraborty on Tuesday surrendered to Enforcement Directorate (ED) an amount of about Rs 1.2 crore that he had received from scam-hit Saradha group of companies for being its brand ambassador.

Sources said a team of lawyers and other representatives of the actor reached the probe agency’s office at Salt Lake here and handed over a Demand Draft (DD) to the investigating officer (IO) of the case.

“This was part of Chakraborty’s >earlier commitment that he would return the funds that he had received from the group. The DD has been given to the IO of the Saradha scam probe case,” sources said.

They added that the agency is satisfied with the said action and the statement recorded by the actor-politician regarding his role in the operations of the group, which has now become defunct in the wake of allegations against it of perpetrating a large-scale chit-fund scam in West Bengal and other states.

During his last questioning by ED in Kolkata in May, Mithun had provided the agency sleuths with a number of DVDs, CDs and scripts that he had got as part of being the brand ambassador of the Saradha group.

The actor had done so to back his claim to investigators that his association with Saradha Group was “purely professional” and that he had no intentions of cheating or duping anyone.

“He had told investigators that he had no inkling about any sort of scam that was being perpetrated. The actor had submitted all his personal and official records to the agency in this regard,” sources said.

Mithun had also promised he would deposit the amount of Rs 1.2 crore he had received from Saradha Group so that it may be finally restored to the depositors who were allegedly cheated in the scam.

The Rajya Sabha MP of the ruling party in West Bengal had told ED that he “actually acted in promotional videos and advertisements that were broadcast on television shows” made by the Saradha Group and that was done as per his contract.

He told investigators that if he had bad intentions, he would not have undertaken the promotional activity and instead merely stashed the money away.

The probe agency had in June last year questioned the actor in Mumbai after it detected that some money had gone into his account from Saradha business portals.

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