Rose Valley scam: In a first, Kolkata Police gets permission to raid ED office

The office in Salt Lake is where Manoj Kumar, who was suspended after a video showing him and main accused Gautam Kundu’s wife Subhra at the Kolkata airport went viral, used to work.

india Updated: Apr 05, 2017 07:09 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Kolkata
Kolkata Police,Enforcement Directorate,Salt Lake
Rose Valley chairman Gautam Kundu being produced at a local court in connection with multi-crore Rose Valley chit fund scam in Kolkata.(PTI File Photo)

In a first, the Kolkata Police will be conducting a search operation at a particular office of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) at CGO Complex in Salt Lake.

And, all the ED can do is blame Manoj Kumar, the former assistant director the agency suspended on February 1 after he was caught on camera with Subhra Kundu, wife of the Gautam Kundu, chairman of Rose Valley and prime accused in the Rs 17,000 crore chit fund scam the company is allegedly involved in.

On Monday, a Kolkata court passed an order allowing the Kolkata Police to search the ED office where Kumar used to work. The court also allowed the city police to raid another office that he had occupied for some time. The city police summoned Kumar thrice for questioning and thereafter moved court since he did not respond.

Monday’s development is likely to have a political impact because after Kumar’s suspension Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said, “I have heard that he (Kumar) is an efficient officer and recovered ₹850 crore illegally collected by the chit fund. Whether he took someone to some place or it was he who was being taken… whether it was a honey trap et al can be determined only after the investigation is over...”

Kumar was suspended by ED after CCTV footage, showing him and Subhra at the Kolkata airport and a hotel in Delhi, went viral. It was found in a computer that was seized by the Special Task Force (STF) of the Kolkata Police from a Rose Valley office in the city in December.

First Published: Apr 05, 2017 07:09 IST