Saradha Realty’s CEO quizzed by Bengal police

Kolkata, May 13 (IANS) West Bengal Police Monday quizzed a CEO of a company under the Saradha Group banner even as the chit fund company’s owner Sudipto Sen’s family remained untraced.

“Saradha Realty Pvt Ltd.’s CEO Subir Das was brought in today (Monday) for interrogation. He had joined Saradha as CEO in July 2008. Das was appointed as CEO for his expertise in money marketing,” Bidhannagar Deputy Commissioner of Police Arnab Ghosh told media persons here.

According to Ghosh, Das left the group after working for about a year.

Similarly, a former army officer – Col. (retd.) Soumitra Ray – who was in-charge of construction and was interrogated by the police Sunday, said he had severed ties with the now collapsed group in December 2012.

“Ray had doubts as to whether Saradha was interested in doing construction activities at all, as nothing was being done to implement the project. So he felt it was better to quit,” Ghosh explained.

As police continue to bring in more allies of the suspected mastermind Sen for questioning, officials say they are tracking his family, comprising two wives, his sons and daughters, daughter-in-law and grandchild.

“They have been on the run since the company went bust April 16. We have made arrangements such that they can’t leave the country,” revealed Ghosh.

Ghosh also divulged that the relationship between the two wives “was not friendly” as they lived in separate houses for which separate arrangements were made.

Sen, and two of his close aides were arrested April 23 from Sonmarg in Jammu and Kashmir, days after the Group collapsed, unable to repay lakhs of depositors – most of them poor people from villages and small towns – who had parked their hard earned money with its companies, lured by promise of huge returns.

A number of agents and depositors of Saradha and similar chit fund companies have committed suicide, while offices of a large number of such dubious concerns operating in the state have been attacked.

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