Kolkata, August 9: Trinamool Congress (TMC), Rajya Sabha MP Derek O'Brien on Friday, appeared for questioning before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in Kolkata in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam case. O’Brien reached the investigative agency’s Bidhananagar at around 1.30 pm. Saradha Chit Fund Scam: Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien Summoned by CBI.
The TMC MP was earlier summoned in the first week of August, but citing parliamentary responsibilities, he said that he would appear after the monsoon session. Last month, news surfaced that the TMC Rajya Sabha MP would be questioned by the premier investigative agency about some financial transactions noticed by the CBI officials in the bank account of Jago Bangla, a mouthpiece of the party. TMC MP Derek O'Brien Says, 'Will Meet CBI After Parliament Session is over on August 7'.
O’Brien is the publisher of the newspaper. Editor of the newspaper, Subrata Bakshi was summoned by CBI months ago to seek clarifications. The CBI is also investigating links of arrested Bengali film producer Shrikant Mohta to the promoters of Rose Valley, a company accused in the multi-crore scam. Earlier, O'Brien had alleged that the CBI notice was sent to him as the party opposed amendments to the Right to Information Act.
According to some media reports, the CBI was likely to question O'Brien regarding the sale of several paintings of Mamata Banerjee which were purchased by owners of several ponzi scam companies allegedly at a huge price. Former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar is also an accused in the case.