Update: A medical test is conducted after a person is arrested, which is an official process. A doctor has already reached to conduct Tapas Paul’s medical test which would be produced in the court tomorrow.
He would be produced at Bhubaneshwar court.
Kolkata: Actor and Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Paul has been arrested on Rose valley scam by CBI on Friday.
This is the first arrest of any major political functionary in the scam.
After 4 hours of interrogation, he was arrested. It has been alleged that he tried escaping several questions posed by the CBI. He has been accused of taking money several from Rose Valley. He would be produced in the court. The CBI aims to find out names of important persons involved in this scam. He was a director of Rose Valley Film Division during 2011-12. Thirdly, he has been accused of sending a letter to SEBI stating that 25-30 chit funds companies were in function in the state. It had Saradha’s name even, but Rose Valley’s name was intentionally ommited, as alleges CBI.
Tapas Paul denied taking money from the company, but it did not help as CBI produced proofs against his claims.
Tapas Paul was summoned at the CBI headquarters. He was interrogated initially for 2 hours. They were not satisfied with the answers he provided, hence another 2 hours of investigation.
The TMC MP would submit all his belongings to his wife, who is present with him at the moment. Since Tapas Paul was trying to mislead the CBI in their work, as alleged by them, they decided to take him under their custody.
TMC’s Partha Chatterjee said that this is the result of political vendetta as the result of CM Mamata’s protest against demonetisation. He also added that protest cannot be stopped in this way. Tapas Paul and Sudip Banerjee is being pressurised.
The Central Bureau of Investigation on March, 2015 conducted raids at two of Paul’s residences in south Kolkata and seized documents.
Apart from Saradha, Gautam Kundu-owned Rose Valley was the other major deposit taking company operating out of West Bengal. According to sources, Rose Valley had mobilised far more deposits than the Saradha Group. In March 2015, Kundu was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate.
The development comes days after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accused the Central government of using the Central probe agencies to put pressure on its leaders, who have been protesting against demonetisation.
Union minister Babul Supriyo said, “Personally I am sad to see him under arrest. But the law needs to take its course”.
In Kolkata, the ruling Trinamool Congress alleged that Pal was arrested because the party has been vociferously opposing the demonetisation move.
“So now political atrocities against those opposed to #notebandi,” TMC leader Derek O’Brien tweeted.
“Many film stars directors, sportspersons are brand ambassadors. So what next? Those from BIP who are brand ambassadors will also be? Right?” he tweeted.
Rose Valley Group has been under scanner of the various probe agencies for almost two years.
According to reports, Rose Valley chit fund scam amounts to almost Rs 60,000 crore. The scam is believed to be the biggest ponzi fraud in India and the scam itself is at least seven times bigger than Saradha scam.