File photo of Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay. (Photo: IANS)
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TMC’s Tapas Paul Grilled With Sudip, Sent to Jail in Bhubaneswar

Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Paul, arrested in the Rose Valley chit fund scam, was on Friday sent to jail, after CBI interrogated him jointly with the party MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay.

Paul, arrested in Kolkata on 30 December and brought to Odisha the next day, was produced in the Special Chief Judicial Magistrate (SCJM) court, designated as the CBI court, after the expiry of his six-day remand in two phases.

The MP's lawyer Sabyasachi Banerjee had earlier moved a bail plea but SCJM PK Mishra reserved judgement on it and sent Paul to Jharpada jail here till 19 January.

"My client is clinically ill and he requires bail on health ground," Banerjee told reporters outside the court.

Officials of the investigating agency said the actor-turned-politician was interrogated jointly with the party’s leader in the Lok Sabha Sudip Bandopadhyay, who was arrested in Kolkata in the same case on 3 January.

Paul was arrested on 30 December by CBI for his alleged involvement in the multi-crore Rose Valley chit fund scam. He was taken on remand in two phases by the CBI from 31 December.

During the first phase of his remand period, Paul had complained about his health and spent most of the time at the Capital Hospital.

CBI in its petition to the court said that Paul was one of the directors of the chit fund group in 2010.

Paul is also accused of promoting the company through his speeches and misleading people to make deposits with it. The group allegedly duped investors in at least four states, including Odisha and West Bengal.

In its chargesheet submitted at the court here on 7 January 2016, CBI had charged the chit fund of defrauding investors of Rs 17,000 crore, out of which Rs 450 crore from Odisha alone.