Kolkata: Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday will produce producer Shrikant Mohta at Bhubaneswar court today after he was arrested in connection with ponzi scam.
CBI on Thursday picked up film producer Shrikant Mohta from his office at a Kasba mall after being initially accosted by police and later arrested him in a Rose Valley case.
“Goutam Kundu (owner of the Rose Valley group) had alleged that Mohta of Shree Venkatesh Films had breached a Rs 24-crore contract they had signed for the rights to several SVF films,” a CBI officer said.
Agency sources claimed that Mohta faced charges of gaining from the money Rose Valley is accused of illegally collecting from people in Bengal, Assam and Odisha. “He (Mohta) has been charged with criminal breach of trust, cheating and criminal conspiracy,” an officer said.
An SVF statement denied the accusations. “Mohta invested a part of the funds in procuring paintings in the name of a film production house,” a CBI officer said without identifying the paintings. The CBI is probing the purchase of several of Mamata Banerjee’s paintings.
Mohta’s arrest drew attention not merely because of his proximity to the Trinamul Congress but also because of the timing of the swoop, which took place less than a week after Mamata organised an Opposition rally in Kolkata.