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Saradha scam: CBI questions Mohun Bagan, East Bengal officials

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Friday, October 10, 2014 - 14:00

West Bengal: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which is probing the multi-crore Saradha scam on Thursday questioned the officials of two prominent football clubs of the city — East Bengal and Mohun Bagan. A senior official of Mohun Bagan, Sumon Ghosh told journalists after emerging out of the CBI office that Trinamool Congress MP Srinjoy Bose played a role in clinching the deal for sponsorship by the Saradha group. “The entire board of directors is usually responsible for any such deal but Srinjoy Bose had business ties [with Saradha] which might have played a role,” Mr. Ghosh said, adding that the CBI wanted to know about the Saradha sponsorship deal. The CBI as well as the Enforcement Directorate (ED) have already interrogated Mr. Bose, a Rajya Sabha member in connection with the scam.

During the day, the CBI asked both the clubs to deposit documents pertaining to their sponsorship deals with Saradha. Only a few weeks ago the CBI arrested East Bengal official Debabrata Sarkar alleging that he extorted money from Saradha chairman and managing director Sudipta Sen. Meanwhile the ED which had frozen the bank accounts of both the clubs refused to entertain their requests for relief.