Kolkata, Apr 30 UNI | 3 months ago

Senior CPI(M) leader and former state minister Gautam Deb has been summoned by police in connection with his allegations that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was involved in the Saradha scam.

Police said Mr Deb had been asked to appear at the Electronic Complex police station in the Salt Lake area under Bidhan Nagar Police Commissionerate at 14 hrs.

Yesterday Mr Deb had alleged that Ms Banerjee and members of her family were involved in the Saradha scam. He accused Ms Banerjee's brothers and sister-in-law of buying property worth Rs 20 crore near her residence in past two years.

He questioned the source of the money and said this could be "only the tip of the iceberg."

Hours after the programme, a team of officials from Bidhan Nagar police went to Mr Deb's residence thrice. However, not finding him there, they told the family members to inform him to report to the Bidhan Nagar police station.

Reacting to his charges, state Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim said under the Indian Constitution, everybody has the right to acquire property. "The allegations are totally false and they should be ashamed of bringing the names of women in the CM's family in public domain," he said.

(Posted on 30-04-2014)