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Saradha case: ED summons Mithun Chakraborty tomorrow

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

has summoned MP and yesteryear actor Mithun Chakraborty tomorrow to record his statement on a purported transaction in connection with the Saradha chit funds scam case probe.

The actor has been asked by the agency to bring along with him all the relevant documents with regard to the said transaction that was made by the Saradha group to him few years back.

Mithun could not be contacted for his comments.

Sources, however, said the statement of Mithun was necessary to corroborate and build a sequence of events in the "interest of investigation". They said the summons sent to him under money laundering laws do not pertain to any 'criminal' intent on the actor's part per se.

"He has been summoned to appear on June 19 in An amount of few crores from Saradha group accounts have gone to the actor's account and answers related to this and few others are supposed to be put to him by the ED investigators," the sources said.

They said Mithun was reportedly sent the amount for being the brand ambassador of a media platform floated by the group.

The ED has registered a criminal case under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and it has already questioned a number of people including sitting MPs and political leaders in this regard earlier.

The agency, till now, has found that a complicated maze of 338 bank accounts and 224 companies which were used by the perpetrators of the Saradha chit fund scam which is alleged to have duped numerous investors of their hard earned monies in various states including West Bengal, Odisha and Assam.

The CBI, on the directions of the Supreme Court, recently began its probe in the case.

First Published: Wed, June 18 2014. 20:11 IST