Kolkata: According to a report in the ‘Economic Times’, after seizing at least two dozen paintings by chief minister Mamata Banerjee, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) now looks into bringing in a team of evaluators to determine the actual price of these.
The paintings were bought by some businessmen who ran various ponzi schemes. As per the report, the evaluators will fix the valuation for all paintings and submit a report to central agencies. The report consisting of the market valuation will be then compared with the prices that the fraudulent companies paid to the Trinamool Congress for these paintings.
According to the sources in the CBI ranks, the evaluation report would be submitted to the court along with the prices at which the paintings were sold. The evaluation report is admissible to the court under the Evidence Act, said a senior official of the agency. The report states that presently, the CBI has around 25 of Mamata’s paintings seized from various ‘chit fund’ owners.
Sources further said the requisition for a team of expert evaluators has been sent to the CBI headquarters and the team will be reaching soon. According to the investigators, the money, which Trinamool received from the sale of the paintings, is the investors’ money and the proceeds of crime as well. CBI on Friday filed its seventh supplementary charge sheet in Sarada scam case.