KOLKATA, March 31 - Four days before West Bengal goes to Assembly polls, Enforcement Directorate (ED) today filed its first charge sheet in the multi-crore rupee Saradha chit fund scam case naming ex-Trinamool Congress MP Srinjoy Bose and Chairman of the now-defunct group head Sudipta Sen among others.
The over 10,000 pages charge sheet, also called as the prosecution complaint by ED, was filed before a special sessions court here.
The agency has named 21 accused in the charge sheet which includes 10 individuals and eleven companies which it had investigated for over three years under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Apart from Bose, who quit both Trinamool Congress and his Rajya Sabha membership early this year, ED has named Sudipta Sen, his senior employee in the Saradha group Debjani Mukherjee, his wife Piyali Sen, son Shubhojit, businessman Shantanu Ghosh and Ramesh Gandhi, Saradha agent Prashant Naskar, former Union Minister Matang Sinh and his estranged wife Manoranja Singh.
The agency has issued four orders for attaching properties worth about Rs 600 crore in this case till now, which have been also furnished in the charge sheet. It registered a case under PMLA in 2013 taking cognisance of police FIRs of West Bengal, Assam and Odisha. � PTI