ED suspects Saradha money sent abroad
The Enforcement Directorate, probing multi-crore rupees scam by Saradha Group, has suspicion that majority of the money, collected by the chit fund company from its depositors, was laundered across the border.
Disclosing that Enforcement Directorate and other security agencies have unearthed 210 bank accounts in West Bengal and nearly 12 in Assam, the ED sources said that majority of the accounts had very small transactions. Pointing out that alone Guwahati centre of Saradha group had collected `103 crore from its depositors, the ED sources said that these collections were not deposited in the bank accounts. Claiming that ED has identified 208 unmovable properties of the company in West Bengal, Orissa and Assam, the ED said that the assets and entire investment of the company do not match with the fund collected.
Indicating that public money may have been laundered abroad, the ED sources said that agency was looking into transaction of the export company that Sudipto Sen had started. Fearing that it would not be possible to recover the money of depositors, the ED sources said that agency has been able to trace the investment of nearly `10 crore in Assam.
Informing that the general manager of the Guwahati divisional office, Anup Sankar Dhar, was also interrogated by the ED, sources said that he confessed to have collected over `103 crore from depositors in Assam.