Saradha chit fund case: Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Derek O'Brien appears before CBI

WION New Delhi, India Aug 09, 2019, 08.50 PM(IST) Written By: Pooja Mehta

Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Derek O'Brien. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

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O'Brien was summoned by the agency in connection on July 26, 2019, to join the investigation in connection with the TMC mouthpiece 'Jago Bangla'.

Trinamool Congress (TMC) Rajya Sabha MP Derek O'Brien appeared before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in Kolkata on Friday.

O'Brien was summoned by the agency in connection on July 26, 2019, to join the investigation in connection with the TMC mouthpiece 'Jago Bangla'.

While he was asked to appear before the agency in the first week of August, O'Brien had sought time as the Parliament was in session till August 7, 2019.

''Since February, I have not received any intimation from CBI. Now, during the Parliament session, I was served a notice asking me to appear before CBI on August 1. I have sent them a letter stating that I would meet after this Parliament session is over on August 7,'' he had tweeted.

According to sources in the agency, O'Brien, who is the publisher of the party mouthpiece which appears in Bengali was questioned on the financial transactions of the bank accounts related to it.

While O'Brien refused to speak to media persons on Friday while appearing before the agency, he had taken to the social media on July 27 and shared his statement.

His statement read, ''Jago Bangla is TMC’s official newspaper. After summoning the All India General Secretary of Trinamool a few months ago, CBI has summoned the publisher of its official newspaper. I was served notice at 2pm on July 25. Discussions on Trinamool’s motion in Rajya Sabha, opposing Government amendments to the RTI Act, started in Parliament at 2pm on July 25.''

He further added, ''I will comply. Let me also add, I will not be intimidated. In February, I had agreed to appear before the CBI, after the session of Parliament, but the CBI chose not to call me. This time too, I am ready to meet them.''