Former minister was arrested on January 31 in connection with Saradha scam case
GN Bureau | February 6, 2015
In a late evening development on Friday, the Enforcement Directorate has attached Delhi and Noida properties of former minister Matang Sinh in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam.
Sinh was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation on charges of conspiracy, cheating and misappropriation in the Saradha case. The arrest episode led to unseating of Anil Goswami as home secretary.
Sinh’s properties sealed by the ED are worth crores of rupees as they are situated in prime locations in Delhi and Noida in national capital region.
The Special Crime branch of CBI had arrested Sinh in connection with the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam on January 31 and was charged with criminal conspiracy and cheating in the Saradha case.
On February 1, Sinh was remanded to 13 days judicial custody by Kolkata court though he was not produced before it as he was admitted in the hospital. The former Congress MP from Assam had been earlier questioned by the ED in connection with the Saradha case in New Delhi. Matang Sinh was quizzed as his various companies allegedly received about Rs. 28 crore.
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On Thursday Sinh was released from SSKM hospital and sent back to the Alipore Central Correctional Home.
The former Congress MP, who was the MoS for home affairs in the Narasimha Rao government, had allegedly been using the name of a senior home ministry official to get his deals. His estranged wife Manoranjana Sinh had earlier admitted that Sudipta Sen (chairman and managing director of Saradha group) had given her Rs. 21 crore to set up a channel in the north-eastern states. She was also interrogated by the CBI.
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