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Saradha scam: After ED, now CBI grills painter Shuvaprasanna

Kolkata, Oct 14 (IANS) A day after being grilled by the Enforcement Directorate, painter Shuvaprasanna Bhattacharya was Tuesday interrogated by the CBI in connection with multi-crore-rupee Saradha scam.

Perceived to be close to the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress leadership, Bhattacharya said he came to submit documents about Devkripa Vyapar Pvt. Ltd., the holding company of Akhon Samay, a news channel that he sold to Saradha chief Sudipta Sen.

Talking to media persons, the painter denied selling the channel – that never went on air – at an inflated price.

“I have nothing to hide. I have been asked to submit papers about the deal which was done legally,” said Bhattacharya, who also heads the West Bengal Heritage Commission, a statutory panel under the state government.

Incidentally, Bhattacharya who Oct 8 furnished documents about the deal to the CBI, had repeatedly denied being summoned by the agency.

The ED Monday grilled Bhattacharya and realtor Harsh Neotia about the channel deal. Bhattacharya’s wife Shipra, who was one of the directors in Devkripa was questioned by the agency earlier in the month.

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