In yet another shock for Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay was arrested today in connection with the Rose Valley Ponzi scam.
This is the second TMC MP to be arrested in the Rose Valley case. While visiting the CBI office for questioning, Sudip had claimed that it was only vendetta politics and that he was ready to face interrogation with honesty.
Earlier this year, a chargesheet had been filed by the CBI against Rose Valley chairman Gautam Kundu and three other accused. The firm was charged with defrauding depositors from across the country of Rs 17,000 crore, out of which Rs 450 crore was received by the ponzi firm from Odisha alone.
Following the arrest, Mamata Banerjee lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and blamed the central government over the arrest of the TMC MP.
She said that PM Modi does not understand politics and he has purposely got TMC leader arrested because she protested against demonetisation drive.
Mamata Banerjee is all set to hold a emergency meeting with TMC MPs at party headquarter. The party will protest against the arrest outside the Reserve Bank of India in Kolkata on January 9.
Here’s a look at the TMC leaders who were arrested by CBI:
Once a star known for roles in popular Bengali films like Guru Dakshina and Dadar Kirti, Trinamool Congress lawmaker Tapas Paul was recently arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for his alleged role in the Rose Valley chit fund scam.
The lawmaker from Krishnanagar, who has had a controversial tenure in politics, was arrested within four hours of turning up at the CBI office in Salt Lake in Kolkata.
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The CBI on December 12, 2012, arrested senior TMC leader Madan Mitra in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam.
In 2013, TMC leader Kunal Ghosh was arrested by the police in connection with the Saradha scam. Ghosh, the CEO of Saradha Group’s media arm, had been charged under sections 420 (cheating), 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 120B (conspiracy) of the IPC. Ghosh was a Rajya Sabha member of the Trinamool Congress.
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Srinjoy Bose was the second prominent TMC leader to be arrested in connection with the scam. He was arrested in 2014 after being named by chit fund CMD Sudipta Sen as one of the two TMC MPs who blackmailed him.