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Rose Valley scam: After Prosenjit, ED summons actor Rituparna

Kolkata | Updated on July 10, 2019 Published on July 10, 2019

Bengali film actor Rituparna Sengupta has been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate next week in connection with the investigation into the Rose Valley ponzi scam, a day after it summoned superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee in the same case.

According to the sources, Sengupta allegedly accompanied Rose Valley group chairman Gautam Kundu on several foreign trips and helped him in the sale and production of films.

“We have summoned actor Rituparna Sengupta in connection with the Rose Valley scam. She has been asked to appear next week,” ED sources told PTI.

Phone calls made to Sengupta for her reaction went unanswered.

Chatterjee, meanwhile, had been asked to depose before the ED officials at the CGO Complex office in Salt Lake on July 19. The Tollywood actor’s statement will be recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The sources said the agency wanted to question Chatterjee about ₹2.75 crore received by his company, Idea Locations and Production Pvt Ltd, from the Rose Valley group between 2010 and 2011. Of this, Chatterjee is suspected to have received about ₹23.5 lakh. The probe agency wants to understand the purpose of these funds, they claimed.

Chatterjee has acted in several films produced and distributed by Rose Valley, notable among them being Moner Manush and Hangover.

A probe by the agency has revealed that Rose Valley, on paper, undervalued the film’s production cost and used depositors’ money to fund Hangover, the ED sources added.

The ED had on Monday interrogated senior Trinamool Congress leader Madan Mitra in connection with the ponzi scam.

Published on July 10, 2019
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