Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 28:
The CBI, which took chit fund company Rose Valley Group Chairman Gautam Kundu on a nine day remand, today began questioning him in its Odisha capital office.
Chit fund SIT Chief Rajiv Singh and CBI DIG S Bagchi led the interrogation and questioned him to explore various angles pertaining to his involvement in the mega scam, as per a source.
Even though CBI officials here refused to put out an official word regarding the progress made so far; as per the source, he was grilled throughout the day today and the agency tried to explore his political connections apart from the financial angles to the case.
Notably, the Special Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Court in Bhubaneswar on January 25 allowed the CBI to take Kundu on a nine day remand.
The CBI has already submitted its chargesheet in the Rose Valley Group chit fund scam. The central investigative agency has filed chargesheet against the Group’s chairman Gautam Kundu and three others. It has named three firms – Rose Valley Real Estate & Construction Ltd, Rose Valley Hotel & Entertainment Ltd and Rose Valley Real Estate & Land Bank India Ltd – in its chargesheet.
In the chargesheet submitted at the Special CJM court on January 7, CBI had charged the Ponzi firm of defrauding depositors of Rs 17,000 crore, out of which Rs 450 crore is from Odisha alone. The company was active in Odisha with 28 branches in almost every district.
Kundu was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in 2015 and was lodged in the Kolkata jail. The CBI expects to get substantial information from him on his company’s fraud in Odisha during his interrogation.