Saradha scam: Mithun Chakraborty returns 1.2 cr to ED

Everyone expects nice things, good wishes and presents on one’s birthday, but actor-turned politician Mithun Chakraborty had to loosen his purse strings for unintentionally being the brand ambassador of a fraud financial company.

The Trinamool Congress parliamentarian, who celebrated his 65th birthday on Tuesday, has surrendered to Enforcement Directorate an amount of about Rs 1.2 crore that he had received from scam-hit Saradha Group of companies for being its brand ambassador.

A team of lawyers and other representatives of the actor reached the probe agency's office at Kolkata’s Salt Lake and handed over a Demand Draft to the investigating officer of the case.

This was part of the actor’s earlier commitment that he would return the funds that he had received from the group. The agency is satisfied with the said action and the statement recorded by Chakraborty regarding his role in the operations of the group, according to a P.T.I. report.

The actor had provided the agency sleuths with a number of DVDs, CDs and scripts that he had got as part of being the brand ambassador of the Saradha Group during his last questioning by the probe agency in May.

He had told investigators that he had no inkling about any sort of scam that was being perpetrated and claimed that his association with Saradha Group was "purely professional" and that he had no intentions of cheating or duping anyone.