The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has named two Trinamool Congress MPs Sudip Bandopadhyay and Tapas Pal in a supplementary chargesheet in its ongoing investigation into the Rs 17,000 crore Rose Valley chitfund scam.
Apart from sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act, the two arrested Trinamool Congress MPs have also been booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act by the CBI.
In its chargesheet, the central agency has stated that the lawmakers had indulged in "criminal conspiracy" with the promoter of the Rose Valley group and "abused their official position" as MPs and "participated & aided the illegal fund collection business" of the company.
"They allegedly promoted the illegal business of the company by writing letters to the regulators favouring the company and also by sharing the dais with accused directors in various functions for canvassing about the schemes. In lieu of which they received alleged huge financial benefits in cash as well as in kind," the CBI stated in an official statement.
Both Bandyopadhyay and Pal were arrested by the central agency earlier this year and are currently in CBI custody in Bhubaneswar where the case has been registered. In fact, party chief Mamata Banerjee had met both the MPs at a hospital in the Odisha capital this month where they have been admitted due to illness.
During her visit, Banerjee had alleged that the her party men had been put behind bars as part of a political vendetta by the BJP-led central government.