Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Apr 27:
A local court in Odisha capital today filed supplementary charge sheet against the CMD of Ponzi firm Rose Valley and two Trinamool Congress (TMC) MPs in connection with the chit fund scam.
The supplementary charge sheet was filed against Rose Valley CMD Gautam Kundu, TMC MPs Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Tapas Paul in the special CBI court under section 120 (b) r/w 409, 420 of IPC and section 4 and 6 of Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act, and section 13 (2) r/w 13 (1) (d) of Prevention of Corruption Act.
“The CBI has filed a supplementary charge sheet as part of the ongoing Rose Valley chit fund scam investigation. The names of Rose Valley Group chairperson Gautam Kundu, and Trinamool Congress MPs Tapas Paul and Sudip Bandyopadhyay are mentioned in the charge sheet,” a senior CBI officer said.
Notably Bandyopadhyay has been under CBI arrest since January 3 for his alleged links with the chit fund scam. The four-time Lok Sabha MP is presently undergoing treatment at a city-based private hospital where party chief Mamata Banerjee had recently visited him.
Similarly, actor-turned politician Paul was arrested on December 30 last year on similar charges.
Rose valley group chairman Gautam Kundu was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on March 2015 under the criminal charges and provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
Worth mentioning, thousands of people were allegedly duped in West Bengal and Odisha by the dubious firm on promise of higher return on their investments.
In a related development, special CBI court convicted Adarsh chit fund firm MD Bijay Rout to four years in jail and imposed a fine of Rs 15, 000. Besides, the court directed him to deposit Rs 12 crore with it.