CBI arrest film producer Shrikant Mohta, TMC slams center

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Shrikant Mohta was arrested by the CBI in the Rose Valley case
Shrikant Mohta was arrested by the CBI in the Rose Valley case

New Delhi : The ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) seems to be agitated over the arrest of film producer and distributor Shrikant Mohta by the CBI in the Rose Valley chit fund case. TMC slams the government by saying, "no one is being spared in the Narendra Modi regime".

Reacting to the TMC statement, the opposition Congress, CPI(M) and BJP demanded an explanation from the concerned, regarding Shrikant Mohta's arrest as the film distributor is considered to be close to the ruling party.

"They are arresting and are trying to intimidate everybody. Be it a writer, an actor, a film personality.... They don't want to spare anyone. The people will give them a befitting reply," TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said.

The BJP has turned the CBI into their extended party office, Mr Chatterjee claimed.

Also a senior TMC leader quoted that the BJP is trying to pursue its vendetta politics through these arrests."The CBI should have arrested him earlier. The CBI is doing its work. But whenever it makes any arrest, the TMC raises baseless allegations of vendetta politics," state BJP president Dilip Ghosh said.

Meanwhile, West Bengal Congress president Somen Mitra demanded an explanation from the TMC over Mr Mohta's arrest as he is considered close to various top leaders of the ruling party

"Mohta used to boast about his connections with top TMC leaders. He was close to various top TMC leaders in the state," Mr Mitra said.

Senior CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty said several TMC leaders were arrested earlier for their alleged involvement in the scam and now those who are considered close to the party are being arrested.

"What more can we say? These arrests only proves the kind of company the TMC leaders keep," Mr Chakraborty said.

CPI(M) state secretary Surya Kanta Mishra wondered what took so long for CBI to arrest Mr Mohta. CBI on 24 January arrested Shrikant Mohta in connection with the Rose Valley ponzi scam. He allegedly duped the Rose Valley ponzi firm of Rs. 25 crore, CBI sources said.

As of now, the agency is investigating both the Saradha and Rose Valley multi-crore scams.