CBI files charge sheet against six directors of Kolkata-based firms involved in chit fund scam

Kolkata: The Central Bureau of Investigation has filed a charge sheet against six directors, one of which is currently absconding, for their alleged involvement in the multi-crore rupee Saradha chit fund scam. Five of the accused men were arrested by the CBI in June this year on charges that their company, Win Realcon, allegedly collected crores of rupees from the public which remain unpaid.

CBI files charge sheet against six directors of Kolkata-based firms involved in chit fund scam

The accused were identified as Mahitosh Ganguly, Partha Pratim Roy, Raju Dey, Joy Bhowmick and Rajib Debnath, all of whom are currently in judicial custody. Another director, Ranabir Das, has been absconding ever since news about the scam went public.

The CBI had registered cases against many non-Saradha Group companies including Win Realcon in November 2014 on various charges including criminal breach of trust, cheating, criminal conspiracy and violation of Prize Chits and Money Circulation Scheme (Banning) Act. Another company named in the chargesheet is WRL consultancy Pvt Ltd, which was incorporated on 03 June 2013. It is classified as Indian Non-Government Company and is registered at Registrar of Companies, Kolkata.Directors of WRL include Mahitosh Ganguly and the now absconding Ranabir Das.

On Monday CBI had registered five more cases in connection with the chit fund scam in Assam arising out of alleged financial bungling by West Bengal-based Saradha group of companies. The companies included Rose Valley, Silicon Multiservices Limited, Uro Agro India Limited and URO Infra Realty India Ltd and Prayag Infotech Hi-rise Ltd.

The probe agency has already pressed charges against a number of accused in the Saradha case, including West Bengal transport minister Madan Mitra and former Union Minister Matang Sinh.