After the CBI, it is the Enforcement Directorate (ED) which is looking into the money paid by Rose Valley boss Goutam Kundu to alumni of the south Kolkata college and whether the payments were in compliance with the company rules.
“If the money paid is not found abiding by the norms, it will be treated as hawala transactions,” said an ED official.
Sources said that Kundu had paid over Rs 1 crore to the alumni and was also the biggest sponsor of a grand party in Bangkok where the alumni members met. CBI is also looking into the possibility of arrested TMC MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay being the mediator in the exchange of money.
On the other hand, ED had also summoned Goutam Kundu’s mother Bibha Kundu to their office. She had been made one of the directors of the hotel wing of Rose Valley Group. However, she could not appear at the ED office on Tuesday due to health reasons.
In another development, CBI summoned suspended TMC MP Kunal Ghosh to their office in Salt Lake’s CGO Complex and interrogated him for over five hours. While he was behind bars, Ghosh had written several letters to CBI alleging that there were many influential TMC leaders involved in the multi-crore Saradha scam. Gosh had been summoned to get the names and details on Tuesday, said a CBI official.
Meanwhile, TMC leaders on Tuesday began their demonstration in Odisha against the arrest of their MPs. Along with party general secretary Sudip Bakshi and MLA Dr Manas Bhunia, there were several TMC leaders. “We have launched an attack against the demonetization policy of the Central government and that is why we have been implicated in false cases, but we are not going to stop from speaking for the common people,” Bakshi said.
Dr Bhunia said that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had emerged as the face of the Opposition against the demonetization protest and was trying to unite the opposition force.