The Enforcement Directorate officers of India on Friday interrogated actor Rituparna Sengupta in connection with the Rose Valley scam.
ED sources said that the interrogation was related to the money that she had allegedly received from the Gautam Kundu-led Rose Valley group.The source also said that the allegation against the actor was that the money she had received was largely used to undertake trips abroad instead of honouring a deal that had been inked between the actor’s company and the Entertainment channel of the Rose Valley Group.
The fresh leads against the actors Rituparna and Prasenjit Chatterjee, who was also issued summons and is next in line to face questions from the agency surfaced following further questioning of Rose Valley Group owner Gautam Kundu recently.
According to sources close to the agency there’s a charge against Sengupta of not honouring a deal amounting to about Rs 7 crore that had been struck with her company ‘Bhavana Aaj O Kaal’.
ED sources said that the actor was interrogated mainly on the Rs 7 crore that was found to have made its way in her account and how she had got it and the end use of the money.
A source close to the actor said that the Sengupta’s professional connection with the Kundu-led group started way back in 2009 and continued for about four years. She starred in two films Chander Bari and Biye Not Out.
Her company had also produced two Reality Shows for the Group’s entertainment Channel Dance pe Chance and Boudimoni.Interestingly, actor Prasenjit Chatterjee was also issued summons to appear before the agency tomorrow. His company was also alleged to have been one of the beneficiaries of the money that Rose Valley had mobilised from the investors.
It is learnt that Kundu had invested more than Rs 100 crores in the entertainment venture.