Republic news network on Monday released several clips of a sting operation with Sharada chit fund accused and former TMC MP, Kunal Ghosh. Kunal Ghosh, was once very close to Mamata Banerjee and the head of the media wing of Sharada group. He was taken into custody after the scam in Sharada chit fund became public. Ghosh had to spend couple of years in prison.
In the video clips released by the Arnab Goswami led Republic media, Ghosh is heard saying that Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar is an expert at technological matters, such taping mobile phones and tracking people. He is further heard saying that Rajeev Kumar desorted the evidences in Sharada chit fund case.
He also claimed that Rajeev Kumar’s right hand man and top cop, Arnab Ghosh pressurised him to not name to TMC leaders.
Below are the transcript conversation between Republic media journalist Shawan Sen and Kunal Ghosh, as seen in the sting:
Kunal: He (Rajeev Kumar) does it in a certain style. What he does is…whoever is in power..he is very skilled in all this…he knows how to tap phone …how to track a person..how to trap a person..he is a master of this things..but does this for whoever is in power..whoever is the Chief Minister… So during Buddhababu’s (Buddhadeb Bhattacharya former Left front CM of Bengal CM), he did all this against others..Arnab Ghosh used to say Rajiv Kumar has to be arrested because he is tapping my phone….and now he claims to be a paragon of virtue… He does all these things. Tomorrow if somebody else comes to power he will walk to their side. He does this to serve his own interests. His business matters and stuff like that.
Kunal: He distorted them. He distorted the Saradha evidence.
Shawan Sen: What is the main content? What did he distort?
Kunal: What was found is that all the documents that were distorted were not getting reflected.
Suppose I submit some documents and suppose there is a big name in it..he won’t show it in any list. He won’t take action. But he will call the person and interrogate the person.
Kunal: Prime Minister’s office and Home Minister’s office, both referred the matter to the CVC. I did not send anything to the CVC.
Shawan: The Prime Minister’s Office and Home Minister’s Office?
Kunal: Yes. I sent to the Prime Minister’s Office and Home Minister’s Office. I got a reply that they had received my complaint and sent it to to the CVC’s office. I did not send to CVC. I didn’t know anything about the CVC. Then CVC informed that they have sent the matter to CBI for investigation. CBI later told me that they had found my complaint very useful.
Shawan: So in your experience, after all these incidents, how has Rajeev Kumar’s role been in the suppression of evidence?
Kunal: Full role. After Sudipto went underground, the way the ruling party (TMC) took over Sudipto’s (Sarada chit fund boss) entire property, his media property, this was done with Rajeev Kumar as a front.
Shawan: Has there been any time when he has directly spoken to you, at any point or through Arnab Ghosh?
Kunal: I have spoken to Arnab Ghosh many times. Rajeev knew he was being unfair to me, so he never spoke to me directly.
Shawan: what did you speak about?
Kunal: Arnab used to keep saying, these are matters and decisions taken by ‘powerful people above’. There is no count of the number of times he mentioned the ‘one above’
Shawan: In what sense was he, Arnab Ghosh, pressurising you?
Kunal: umm. Don’t mention these names. Please say this, please don’t say that.
Shawan: Meaning? not take names of Trinamool leaders?
Kunal: Absolutely yes. But it doesn’t mean anything. I had already filed a police diary in Arnab’s name, given those names to CVC.
Shawan: When you got arrested did you share this with CBI?
Kunal: On the day I got arrested…
Shawan: that a senior ips officer like arnab ghosh was asking you to not take names?
Kunal: I have given a full statement to them. arnab was called by them, but Arnab went to court and took shelter. arnab and a few others with him. I have given an offer. i have asked for a joint session of the interrogation.
Shawan: You have given a statement against Arnab?
Kunal: Arnab and some others in his team.
Shawan: So that was his (Arnab’s) constant stand?
Kunal: (Nods emphatically) Don’t say this, don’t say that, tell me where the money went, etc. I told him then that you know better than me where the money went. finance and accounts were not my department..he used to say, please don’t take those names, please don’t take party’s names. Please don’t take that person’s names, please don’t give those documents. and I would say, why are you saying? I am taking names, I am only giving my statement. I have sent all these to the investigators, CBI, the CBI had called me, I have given my full statement to them.
Disclaimer: Satyavijayi has not verified the claims or the videos released by Republic media