CBI on TMC: Silence of art lovers

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  1. Peter

    Peter Senior Member Senior Member

    Mar 3, 2014
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    Calcutta, June 10: Documents provided by the Trinamul Congress are silent on the identity of buyers who spent nearly Rs 1.49 crore on paintings, CBI sources said today.

    Although purported documents on the income-tax returns of the party - accessed by ABP Ananda - list some prominent Calcuttans and city-based companies, no names have been shown against some big purchases.

    "Some entries show big amounts have been spent to buy paintings but the names of the buyers are not there. The party has given only the demand draft numbers. Now, we will get in touch with the banks to find out the names of the account-holders," said a CBI officer.

    But some of the entries on the list have the potential to torment Mamata Banerjee, among the better-known painters in Trinamul, although the documents do not reveal the identity of the artist whose work has fetched crores of rupees.

    For instance, one of the companies named on the list is a Rose Valley firm, whose owner Gautam Kundu is now in the custody of the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a deposit mobilisation case.

    Kundu, with whom Mamata allegedly had a meeting in Deolo in Kalimpong in March 2012, had earlier vehemently denied having purchased Mamata's paintings.

    The CBI had sought details of Trinamul's income as part of the probe into the Saradha scam. The Supreme Court had asked the agency to investigate the "larger conspiracy" and the "role of influential people" in the scam.

    A four-member team led by Trinamul MLA Tapas Roy had met an officer at the CBI office in Salt Lake on April 9 and handed over the documents, including details of the party's income-tax returns from 2010 to 2014.

    The omission of some names is significant because Mamata has steadfastly refused to make public the buyers of her paintings. The Opposition has been claiming that Saradha owner Sudipta Sen had bought some of the paintings.

    "The list means nothing without the names of all the buyers," said an officer.

    This newspaper checked with some of those named on the list to verify whether they had indeed bought Mamata's paintings. They confirmed having bought her paintings. But not all those named on the list could be contacted tonight.

    The following are some of the amounts and buyers of paintings listed in the documents attributed to Trinamul.

    Big buys, no names

    Drawn through demand drafts:

    ♦ Rs 5.8 lakh: Drawn on Indian Bank, Maniktala branch

    ♦ Rs 3 lakh: Drawn on Axis Bank, Shakespeare Sarani branch

    ♦ Rs 50 lakh: Drawn on Oriental Bank of Commerce, Prinsep Street branch

    ♦ Rs 25 lakh: Drawn on Axis Bank, Dalhousie branch

    ♦ Rs 50 lakh: Drawn on Allahabad Bank, Red Cross Place

    ♦ Rs 15 lakh: Drawn on ICICI Bank, Garia branch

    Total: Rs 1.49 crore

    Familiar names

    ♦ Rs 50 lakh: Rose Valley Hotels & Entertainments Ltd

    ♦ Rs 2 lakh: RPG Academy of Art & Music

    ♦ Rs 3 lakh: Shyam Steel Industries Ltd

    ♦ Rs 4 lakh: Strategy Media Plus (owned by Sudipta Sen)

    ♦ Rs 50,000: Vibgyor Allied Infrastructure Ltd

    ♦ Rs 32 lakh: Dhunseri Petrochem & Tea Ltd - Petrochem Division

    ♦ Rs 10 lakh: Camellia Educational and Manpower Development Trust

    ♦ Rs 10 lakh: ML Dalmiya & Co

    ♦ Rs 10 lakh: Ambuja Realty Development

    ♦ Rs 10 lakh: Electrosteel Castings Ltd

    ♦ Rs 7 lakh: Emami Chisel Art Pvt Ltd

    ♦ Rs 4 lakh: Emta Coal Ltd

    ♦ Rs 2 lakh: Modern Decorating

    ♦ Rs 2.5 lakh: Pailan World School

    ♦ Rs 4 lakh: Pratidin Prakashani Ltd

    ♦ Rs 4 lakh: Shree Venkatesh Films Pvt Ltd

    ♦ Rs 2 lakh: Jeet Banerjee

    ♦ Rs 50,000: Koel Mallick

    ♦ Rs 50,000: Ranjit Mallick

    ♦ Rs 20 lakh: Shivaji Panja

  3. Peter

    Peter Senior Member Senior Member

    Mar 3, 2014
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    This is another scam run by a certain political party. Some people on DFI were speculating about if TMC was funded by US.( :) :rofl::rofl::rofl::pound::pound:)

    It seems this beggar party is too down to earth(mati) to get funding from USA.

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