Rose Valley chit fund scam: TMC MP’s daughter appears before CBI

Bhubaneswar: Arrested Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal’s daughter Sohini Pal appeared before the CBI in Bhubaneswar today in connection with the Rose Valley chit fund scam.

As per the CBI notice, Sohini arrived in Bhubaneswar today to appear before the agency.

Tapas allegedly gave senior posts to his wife, daughter and nephew in Rose Valley company.

Notably, CBI officials are trying to find out the post in which Sohini was working in the firm and the amount transacted during her tenure.

On the other hand, Tapas was taken to the Capital hospital on account of his mental illness. The doctor treating Tapas informed that even if Tapas can be said to be ill medically, he still can face CBI interrogation.

“Despite his frontal lobe has been operated upon, road accident and symptoms of epilepsy and diabetes, he is healthy. He is not completely normal but he is not so serious that he cannot face interrogation,” said Dr Prashant Mohapatra of Capital Hospital.

Meanwhile, Union Minister Babul Supriyo has said that he will file a defamation suit against Tapas after the latter dragged the minister’s name into the graft case.

Tapas was one of the directors of the tainted chit fund group that has allegedly duped investors in Odisha, West Bengal and some other states. He is also accused of promoting the company and “misleading” people to deposit money in the firm.

In its charge sheet submitted in the court on January 7, CBI had accused the ponzi firm of duping investors of Rs 17,000 crore, of which Rs 450 crore is from Odisha alone. The company was active in Odisha and had 28 branches in the state.

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