The Asian Age

CBI finds Sudipta deal with IRCTC


The Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion ( CBI) has un­earthed a deal be­tween chit fund company Saradha Group and the In­dian Rail­way Cater­ing and Tourism Cor­po­ra­tion ( IRCTC) when West Ben­gal chief min­is­ter Ma­mata Ban­er­jee was rail­way min­is­ter.

Ac­cord­ing to the deal, Saradha Tours & Trav­els, a sub­sidiary company of Saradha Group, was roped in as “of­fi­cial part­ner” by IRCTC in De­cem­ber 2010 for con­duct­ing its tours in South In­dia un­der “Bharat Tirth”, a spe­cial tourist train ser­vice in­tro­duced by Ms Ban­er­jee, the CBI has learnt.

Ques­tion­ing a for­mer Saradha em­ployee, the CBI found that the company pro­vided ser­vices and earned a per­cent­age of com­mis­sion from IRCTC.

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