KOLKATA: The CBI questioned TMC General Secretary and Bengal Government Minister Partha Chatterjee and former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajiv Kumar on Friday in connection with the famous Saradha chit fund and rose valley scam that has shaken Bengal politics. The interrogation took place at the Kolkata office of the CBI. The CBI had summoned both of them in the case. A senior official clarified that both Partha Chatterjee and Rajiv Kumar reached the CBI office and the investigating officers spoke to them in the relevant cases.
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Partha Chatterjee, who is known to be a close ally of Trinamool Congress General Secretary and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, did not respond to media queries in this regard. Partha Chatterjee is the Education Minister of the State and he is also in charge of legislative matters. According to sources, the name of Partha Chatterjee was revealed during the CBI inquiry into the Saradha scam by Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP and party spokesperson Derek O'Brien on August 9.
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The source said that Partha Chatterjee's name had come up during the interrogation of O'Brien last week. We came to know his name regarding the alleged funding of the party newspaper, Wake Bangla. Incidentally, Chatterjee is the editor of this newspaper and O'Brien is its publisher. The issue had created a lot of confusion in Bengal politics. State CM Mamata Banerjee wants to intimidate the Modi government at the Centre by misusing the CBI. The day-to-day issue between the two sides is inter-dipped.
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