Bhubaneswar: Arrested Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Tapas Paul today created ripples in the country’s political circle by alleging Union Minister Babul Supriyo is involved in the Rose Valley chit fund scam and has tricked him into the case.
Replying to queries fielded by newsmen, Paul, while being taken on a three-day CBI remand starting today, said, “Many leaders including Supriyo are involved in the chit fund scam. He tricked me into the scam and he is involved in it,” he alleged.
When asked on the involvement of Satabdi Roy in the chit fund scam, Paul declined of having any knowledge about links between the woman TMC MP and Rose valley.
“I am innocent. I am not guilty at all. Everything will be proved later,” Paul told the reporters while getting into a car of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) here after a health check-up in a hospital.
He added, “The truth will see the light soon.”
Terming his arrest as “politically motivated”, his wife Nandini Paul reiterated his claims, saying the actor-turned-politician was not involved in anything illegal.
“It is definitely politically motivated,” Nandini said.
“He hasn’t done anything illegal. He worked as a director in a film produced by the Rose Valley and received monthly remuneration by cheque after TDS deduction. I know he hasn’t taken any money apart from the remuneration,” she said.
Hours after, the Bollywood singer and union minister has mentioned in his tweeter page that he will soon file defamation case against the TMC MP. “I shall file a defamation case against this Crazy Man• Though I still like 2 believe that he hasn’t said this”, he tweeted.
He further tweeted “I have instructed my lawyers to IMMEDIATELY initiate Defamation case against Taposh & Nandini Paul•He needs to be taught a stringent lesson”.
He said that he has nothing to give to CBI in the case as he had performed as a singer. “Surprisingly I have no information about anyone to give to CBI • I just performed as a singer/actor • NOTHING LESS NOTHING MORE”, Supriyo tweeted.
Paul was arrested on Friday afternoon by the CBI sleuths from Kolkata after being interrogated for four hours for his alleged links with the ponzy scheme.
He was shifted to Bhubaneswar in the late hours of Friday on transit remand.
The Special Chief Judicial Magistrate’s court of the CBI in Bhubaneswar on Saturday allowed the agency to take the Trinamool MP on a three-day remand.