At a time when two Trianmool Congress MPs have been arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation in connection to the Rose valley chit-fund scam, names of three more party leaders, including two senior ministers of the Mamata Banerjee government have surfaced.
As the central agency pushes ahead with its investigation in the multi-crore scam, presumed to be bigger than the Saradha group’s, speculation is rife that several Trinamool Congress leaders may be summoned for questioning.
TMC LEADERS IN ROSE VALLEY SCAM: THINGS TO KNOW
- India Today has accessed an Enforcement Directorate report that reveals how several top Trinamool ministers are under the scanner.
2. While investigating the money laundering angle in the chit fund scam in West Bengal, the Enforcement Directorate stumbled upon evidence against several Trianmool leaders.3. The Enforcement Directorate shared its report with the CBI for further investigation.
4. The ED report, which was submitted in 2015, names two ministers of the Mamata Banerjee cabinet including one senior minister. The other minister hails from north Bengal.
5. The report also mentions a former president of Trinamool Congress’ students wing as being involved in the scam.
6. In the report, ED states that the minister from Kolkata had helped Rose Valley chairman Gautam Kundu in “influencing cases lodged against Rose valley group of companies at consumer courts.”
7. The report alleges that the minister had also “introduced his daughter” to Kundu to float her interior decoration business.
8. Referring to the minister from north Bengal, the report states that he had introduced the Rose Valley owner to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during one of her visits to north Bengal.
9. “He also influenced education and hotel business of Gautam Kundu at Siliguri and Dooars,” the Enforcement Directorate says in the report.
10. The other Trinamool Congress leader named in the report is a former president of the party’s student wing Trinamool Chatra Parishad.
11. The youth leader had been under the scanner for his alleged role in the Saradha scam too.
12. The ED report states that the youth leader was “heavily after money marketing business of Rose Valley Group of companies and imparted training to the agents about raising of funds from market.”
13. “He (the youth leader) also utilised his position as a general secretary of the party and assured the accused person that he will take care of the complaints lodged against the Rose Valley group of companies in future by influencing the local police,” the report further adds.