Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay was arrested on Tuesday by the CBI as a suspect in the Rose Valley chit fund scam case. This is the second arrest of a TMC leader in a week. Another senior Trinamool MP Tapas Pal, accused in the same case, was sent to custody previously.
Earlier on Tuesday, Bandyopadhyay told media, “I said I will come to face CBI interrogation to know what is against me”. He was taken under custody soon after CBI questioning.
The Rose Valley money scam bankrupted many local businessmen in Bengal.
The Rose Valley group cheated investors of Rs 17,000 crore, the CBI has confirmed; making the chit-fund scam seven times bigger than the Saradha scandal that generated a lot of political heat in the eastern parts of India.
The group robbed millions of investors, most of them from low-income group, in at least 10 states, including West Bengal, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.
Soon after the arrest of the senior TMC MP, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s office in Kolkata was allegedly attacked by TMC students’ wing members on Tuesday.
According to BJP sources, at least 11 of their party workers were injured in stone pelting by TMC supporters. The pelleting were as such that it paused the traffic in the city’s one of the most busy streets: CR Avenue (in Central Kolkata).
“CR Avenue south bound is closed near Murlidhar Sen Lane (location of BJP state h/q) due to a political collection, necessary diversions on,” the Kolkata Police said on its social media page.