By A Newsman
Kolkata, 22 December: AMIDST the uproar over demonetisation, Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached another set of properties of the Rose Valley Group in connection with laundering of deposits from people to the tune of several thousand crores of rupees.
The latest set of properties attached is worth about Rs 1,256 crore and includes both movable and immovable assets lying in different parts of India. Earlier this year, ED had attached the company’s properties worth about Rs 332 crores in Odisha.
According to ED sources the latest set of properties attached include eight resorts / hotels, 12 cars, two flats, and vast area of land at Rajarjahat New Town and Midnapore.
The attached resorts / hotels are located in Kolkata, Mumbai, Goa, Jaipur, Ranchi, Port Blair, Haridwar, and Silchar in Barak Valley. Besides them Rose Valley owner Gautam Kundu’s upscale apartment at Worli in Mumbai has also been attached.
The land that has been attached includes 146 cottah plot at Rajarjahat New Town near Kolkata, and 5,500 cottah plot in East Midnapore. There is a Rolls Royce among the 12 high-end cars that comprise the set of immovable properties that the ED has attached.
It was in 2014 that the CBI and ED had begun investigation against the Rose Valley Group for collecting thousands of crores of rupees from people all over the country, especially Bengal, Odisha, and Assam under fictitious deposit schemes.
Subsequently, several top officials of the company and its owner Gautam Kundu were arrested by the ED in 2015 and he is now in judicial custody in Kolkata.
Earlier this year, ED filed charge-sheets against Kundu both in Bengal and Odisha under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) 2000 and attached the first set of properties worth about Rs 332 crore.
Before this, not very long after Kundu’s arrest in March 2015, ED had freezed as many as 2,631 bank accounts of Rose Valley group with Rs 295 crore deposits in them.