In what could mean trouble for the West Bengal CM, arrested Rajya Sabha MP Kunal Ghosh is claiming that she "was fully aware of everything about" Saradha chit fund scam but kept quiet in a pre-recorded video that was aired by a Bengali channel on Tuesday.
In the video, recorded before his arrest on Saturday last, he names several top leaders of the Trinamool Congress including the Chief Minister and party general secretary Mukul Roy. He claims they were "connected" to Sudipta Sen "directly or indirectly" and might "help the investigators" in the chit fund case.
Ghosh had earlier disclosed the names of several persons, including the Chief Minister, in his Facebook post hours after his arrest on Saturday last, questions were raised about how a person in police custody could do so.
Leader of Opposition in West Bengal Assembly Surjya Kanta Mishra today demanded that all those named by Ghosh, including Mamata, be interrogated in connection with ponzi scam.
"Since her name has emerged in the case along with several other party leaders, Mamata Banerjee should be questioned in the Saradha ponzi scam," Mishra told reporters here.
"Why the CM alone? Each of those named by Ghosh should be questioned and if required, any of them could be arrested," Mishra said.
"We are not demanding her resignation, but she should come clean," Mishra said adding, "There should not be two rules for different groups of people in a single crime. If the Chief Minister of Karnataka or Union ministers could be arrested, what is the problem here?"
Mishra also demanded a CBI probe into the multi-crore scam under the supervision of the Supreme Court to unravel the truth. "If Mamata Banerjee is a symbol of honesty, why is she so worried about facing the situation?" Mishra wondered.
The Chief Minister, meanwhile, on Wednesday said it was the Left Front, which was answerable as it was during its rule when chit fund companies thrived.
"They have committed sins for 35 years. Today they are clamouring for an answer. Who will reply? It is you who have to reply. It was during the Left regime, which has looted the people, that chit funds mushroomed in the state. What were they doing?" Banerjee asked at a rally at Kushmundi in South Dinajpur district.
Banerjee referred to the steps taken by her government to tackle the situation after the Saradha Group went bust in April, including return of money to defrauded depositors.
She said after the Sanchaita chit fund scam in '80s when lakhs of people were ruined not a single paise was returned to depositors.