NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation probing into the `10,000 crore Saradha chit fund scam is likely to examine actor-turned-politician Mithun Chakraborty as a witness in the case.
According to sources, the TMC Rajya Sabha MP was made the brand ambassador of the media platform owned by the Saradha group and the investigating agency would record his statement to corroborate the fund flow of the company.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is conducting a parallel investigation to probe the Money laundering angle, has already summoned the film star last month to record his statement.
The CBI sources said that the film star was paid a few crores for his services by the promoters who allegedly conned investors of thousands of crores.
“Since there is no allegation of wrongdoing against Mithun Chakraborty, his statement will be recorded as a witness,” sources added.
Chairman-cum-managing Director of Saradha Group Sudipta Sen in his letter to the CBI in April 2013 had said that TMC MPs Kunal Ghosh Srinjay Bose brought the actor Mithun Chakraborty as the brand ambassador of the channel at `20 Lakh per month. “But Mithun Chakraborty did not participate in any functionary of the channel except a talk show organised by Chanel-10.” Sudipta had further added that, “I have purchased channel-10 for `24 crore and spent not less than `50 crore for its branding, advertisement and infrastructure improvement.”
Sources within the ED claimed that they have unearthed the details of the money paid to the actor but refused to divulge the amount.
The ED has recently unearthed a complex web of 338 bank accounts and 224 fictitious companies that were used to channelise dubious transactions.