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Kolkata: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday pressed charges against two Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha members and a state minister for cheating, criminal conspiracy and criminal breach of trust by a public servant in the Saradha Group’s Ponzi scheme case.

Those named in Wednesday’s chargesheet are Srinjoy Bose, Kunal Ghosh (both Rajya Sabha members), Madan Mitra (West Bengal’s transport and sports minister), Sudipta Sen (the defunct Saradha Group’s chairman), Naresh Bhalodia (Sen’s aide) and five companies including Sangbad Pratidin Pvt. Ltd, the publisher of a Bengali daily owned by Bose.

Earlier this month, Bose was granted bail by a Kolkata court after he spent 75 days in custody. CBI hadn’t till now filed chargesheet against him, and initially, charges brought against him did not include criminal breach of trust by a public servant, or section 409 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). In the light of the chargesheet filed on Wednesday, the federal investigating agency has also challenged the court order releasing Bose on bail.

The bail was granted on technical grounds. CBI hadn’t previously brought charges against Bose under section 409 of IPC, without which he couldn’t held in custody beyond 60 days without the filing of a chargesheet. CBI officials had previously said that it was a case of oversight.

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