Kolkata: CBI has arrested Suman Chattopadhyay, a prominent Bengali journalist and editor of Kolkata-based daily, Ei Samay, in connection with a chit-fund scam.
Ei Samay is published by Bennett & Coleman Group, whose flagship venture is the Times of India.
Sources said that Chattopadhyay was summoned by CBI to its regional office at the CGO Complex at Salt Lake today noon. He was arrested early in the evening specifically in connection with an FIR registered in Odisha over a chit-fund scam.
The leading journalist, who is in his seventies, will be taken to Bhubaneswar tomorrow and produced in a court there. CBI and ED had questioned Chattopadhyay several times since 2014.
Chattopadhyay started his career as a journalist with Anandabazar Patrika in 1983 and continued in the daily till 2004 when he was the executive editor.
He took over as the founding editor of Bengali news channel ABP Ananda of the same group in late 2004 and left in 2005.
In that year, he joined another Bengali news channel, Kolkata TV, as its founding editor. But he quit the channel the very next year, that is, in 2006, and launched a Bengali daily named Ekdin as its founding editor.
Two years so into the existence, a chit-fund company named i-Crore invested money in Ekdin and the newspaper started carrying i-Core’s logo next to its masthead.
i-Core is one of the chit fund companies which had collected huge deposits from people in Bengal, Odisha, and the northeast under various dubious scams. Thus, it is under the ambit of the probe that the CBI is conducting in Odisha under the instruction of the Supreme Court.
Chattopadhyay left Ekdin in 2012 and since then he is the editor of Ei Samay. Ekdin, on the other hand, is now owned by Trinamool MLA Arjun Singh.
Sources maintained that i-Core reportedly invested Rs 50-lakh in Edkin and Chattopadhyay had played a role in attracting the investment. But in the questioning by CBI, he reportedly suppressed facts and did not cooperate with the agency.