India’s Enforcement Directorate (ED), which probes money laundering cases, has summoned Bangla film super star Prosenjit Chatterjee to appear before it on July 19 in connection with the Rose Valley chit fund scam and association with the company and its chairperson Gautam Kundu. The ED questioned Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Madan Mitra on Monday in the case. It is trying to establish if politicians and Bangla film stars had any financial transactions with the Rose Valley Group which produced several Bangla films between 2010 and 2012, including ‘Hangover’ in which Prosenjit Chatterjee starred in the lead role.
The ED also suspects that the movie’s production cost was undervalued on paper by the company and money from Ponzi scheme investors was used to fund it. In January this year, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had arrested a Bangla film producer Srikant Mohta in the Rose Valley probe. The Rose Valley Group had lured people to invest in the schemes run by their companies promising high returns.