AGARTALA, April 24 - In a new twist to the multi-crore-rupee Rose Valley scam, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has served notices to two former ministers of the Left Front Government for interrogation, according to highly-placed sources here�today.
Former Social Welfare Minister Bijita Nath was earlier interrogated by a three-member team of the CBI, but this time around, the investigating agency also brought former Finance Minister Badal Choudhury, who is also a CPI (M) central committee member, for interrogation.
Sudip Roy, CBI Superintendent of Police (SP), in a letter to the Speaker of the State Assembly, sought the latter�s permission for questioning both the former ministers, who are now members of the State Legislative Assembly. Separate notices have also been sent to the duo, sources said.
The investigating agency asked Nath to be present at her house in Kadamtala, Dharmanagar, in South district for interrogation in connection with the ponzi scam. They will interrogate veteran Communist leader Choudhury at the MLAs� Hostel here on�April 26.
Significantly, the CBI sleuths sought to know who was the private secretary to the then Finance Minister Badal Choudhury and asked the department concerned to send him to the CBI office at Gorkha Basti in Agartala.
The CBI move indicates that many influential persons are likely to be grilled. Around 50,000 poor people were duped by the ponzi firm and the total amount of the scam will be around Rs 3,200 crore. During the election campaign, the BJP�s national leaders had promised to bring justice to those who were duped by the ponzi firm.