Rose Valley chit fund scam: Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay said that he would appear before the CBI on January 3 in relation to the probe into the Rose Valley chit fund scam.
I was first called on November 15, but I couldn’t go as Parliament was in session. Then they called me again in the last week of December asking me to appear on December 30. I told them I want to come on January 18. But the CBI told me to come on January 3, to which I agreed,” Bandyopadhyay told PTI.
Bandyopadhyay was a member of the panel during UPA regime
“Bandyopadhyay was a member of the parliamentary standing committee on finance when he attended several Rose Valley programs. He was seen at a delegate’s meeting at Netaji Indoor Stadium where he addressed Rose Valley agents,” said a CBI officer. During the UPA regime, Bandyopadhyay was a member of the parliamentary standing committee, headed by former Union minister Yashwant Sinha.
In March 2013, after the saradha bust, the same standing committee was assigned with filing a report on Ponzi firms. The panel also brought up with a report on Micro-finance institutions where it talked about the menaces of Ponzi firm operations, post Saradha scam bust. That time Bandopadhyay was a member of the panel when the report was tabled in Lok Sabha.
Trinamool claimed that the allegation on him was a BJP’s vendetta Politics
He reportedly received a text message from the CBI in November last year, seeking his email Id, a move that the Trinamool claimed that it was a BJP’s vendetta politics. And a few days later, he received CBI summons in the Rose Valley probe. He urged to give him some time from the CBI twice till the agency turned down his plea to defer the date beyond January 3.
As per the sources in CBI, sleuths have taken a stock of his assets and foreign tours to trace any Ponzi money. It is expected that he could face questions regarding a sedan he has been using. CBI suspects that the car he is using can be gifted by someone holding a key position at Rose Valley. The agency is also looking into his foreign trips to check out if any of those was sponsored by the Ponzi firm.