The CBI on Tuesday arrested Trinamool Congress parliamentary party leader in the Lok Sabha Sudip Bandyopadhyay in connection with the alleged Rose Valley chit fund scam, the second of a party MP within a week.
Bandopadhyay, who arrived at the CBI office in Kolkata at around 11 am, was subjected to more than four hours of intensive interrogation by CBI, after which he was arrested.
The TMC MP had been summoned thrice earlier by the investigation agency.
His arrest in the alleged Rose Valley scam came close on the heels of the arrest of another Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal on Friday. Paul, an actor-turned politician, is now in the CBI custody in Bhubaneshwar.
On reaching the CBI office on Tuesday, Bandopadhyay told waiting reporters that he had come to face interrogation and know what the charges were against him.
The TMC chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee termed the arrest as 'vindictive politics'. Banerjee announced that she will stage a sit-in protest against Central Govt to oppose Bandyopadhyay's arrest. An emergency meeting of the party's parliamentary committee has been called as well.
As it happened:
#CBI isssues statement on TMC leader's arrest:
"The instant case was registered on June 5, 2014 under section 420/408/409/120-B/34of IPC and Sections 4, 5 and 6 of Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act, 1978, on the orders of the Hon’ble Supreme Court dated May 9, 2014 passed in Writ Petition No 401 of2013 and 413 of 2013 against then Chairman of a private Group of Companies and others on the allegations that the said company had collected around Rs 17,000/- crore illegally from general public after enticing them with false promise of paying higher rate of interest.
"After investigation, chargesheet was filed on Jan 1, 2016 under section 420,409, 120B of IPC and 4 and 6 of Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act, 1978 against four persons including then Chairman; then Managing Director; then Director and Ex Director of said Group of Companies and three private companies of said Group. Further investigation is continuing as per provisions of Section 173(8) CrPC to examine the roles of other accused persons to find out aspects of larger conspiracy and money trail.
"The arrested accused will be produced before the Competent Court."
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TMC workers protest, pelt stones and try to enter BJP's Kolkata office after TMC MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay's arrest; pic.twitter.com/DiMB2VYnUT— ANI (@ANI_news) January 3, 2017
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Rose Valley Chit Fund Scam
According to CBI, the West Bengal-based Rose Valley group cheated investors of Rs 17,000 crore, making the chit-fund scam seven times bigger than the Saradha scandal that generated a lot of political heat in the eastern state.
The hospitality-to-real estate group robbed millions of investors, most of them from low-income group, in at least 10 states, including West Bengal, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, promising exaggerated returns, the reports said.