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Trinamool MP held in chit fund scam

Dec 31, 2016, Kolkata, DHNS 1:32 IST
Tapas Pal arrives before the CBI in Kolkata on Friday. PTI
The CBI on Friday arrested Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal for his role in the Rose Valley chit fund scam.

Also a Bengali actor, Pal was grilled for around four hours before he was taken into custody. According to the Enforcement Directorate (ED), the Rose Valley scam, pegged at Rs 12,000 crore, is almost five times bigger than the Saradha scam. CBI officials questioned Pal based on the documents he provided to the agency on his role in Rose Valley, where he was a director.

The CBI sources claimed that Pal avoided some questions and was “not very cooperative”.

The sources said that between 2010 and 2012, he received several payments in cash and cheque from Rose Valley, where he headed the group’s film-making division.

Pal, who reached the CBI office on Friday morning with his wife and legal counsellor, was questioned in two phases and arrested after officials found discrepancies in his statements. The officials wanted to know the details of his contract with Rose Valley and questioned him on his financial transactions with the company owner Gautam Kundu. They grilled him after placing before him copies of documents in the agency’s possession regarding such dealings.

Mamata dares Modi

Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal and Trinamool Congress chairperson, dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to arrest her and all other Trinamool leaders in the wake of CBI arresting Tapas Pal. “Modi babu, arrest me, all my MPs ‎and MLAs if you want,” she said, throwing a challenge at Modi. “Political vendetta has reached a new low. I will not be surprised if they (the Central government) arrest all our MPs,” she said.

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