Enforcement Directorate (ED) officers today interrogated actor Prosenjit Chatterjee for six hours in connection with his company’s alleged complicity in the Rose Valley ponzy scam. ED sources said the actor was questioned mainly in connection with a Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) case after his company was accused of laundering money that was received from the Rose Valley Group.
Sources said that his company Idea Locations and Production Pvt Ltd is alleged to have been one of the beneficiaries that had received Rs 2.75 crore from the Gautam Kundu-led Rose Valley Group for producing some Bengali films for the Group’s entertainment channel.
Sources close to the agency said that the questioning of Prosenjit Chatterjee revolved around the Rs 2.75 crore that his company Idea Locations and Production Pvt Ltd had received, of which, claimed the source, the actor too was the alleged beneficiary of Rs 2.35 lakh of the said amount that had been credited to his company’s account during 2010-11.
ED sources said that today’s interrogation was necessitated after the agency sleuths obtained fresh leads following interrogation of Rose Valley owner Gautam Kundu, who had spilled the beans of routing money to the companies reportedly owned by actors Rituparna Sengupta and Prosenjit Chatterjee after being mobilised from investors in the name of returning money with high interest rate to them.
Officials of Idea Locations and Production Pvt Ltd were also questioned by the agency in connection with the PMLA case recently, said a source.