Thursday, December 8, 2022

CBI quizzes Anubrata Mondal on Rs 1 cr lottery win

Heavyweight Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader, Anubrata Mondal has now come under the scanner of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) over winning Rs 1 crore in a lottery.
On Saturday (November 5), he was interrogated by the central agency for about 1.5 hours at a special prison in Asansol. Mondal was quizzed about a Rs.1 crore lottery that he won in January this year and the manner in which the funds were utilised.
According to the central agency, Mondal might have laundered black money, procured through cattle smuggling activities, via lottery draws. The ticket seller, identified as Munna Sheikh, denied selling lottery tickets to the TMC leader.
It is alleged that Mondal purchased the lottery ticket, which fetched him Rs.1 crore, through his bodyguard. As per a report in Hindustan Times Bangla, the CBI has now found information about 3 additional lottery ticket winnings by the Mondol family.
Funds received from two lottery winnings, totalling Rs.51 lakhs, were transferred to the bank account of Anubrata Mondol’s daughter Sukanya Mondol. Similarly, Rs.10 lakhs won from the lottery was transferred to the TMC leader’s account in 2019.
The CBI had also quizzed Munna Sheikh, the ticket seller from Birbhum, which fetched Anubrata Rs.1 crore. He claimed no memory of selling tickets to the TMC leader. Sheikh said that he purchased the tickets in bulk from the ‘Rahul Lottery Agency’, which was indirectly issued by the Nagaland State Lottery.
BJP leader Dilip Ghosh has now hit out at the Trinamool Congress and its leader Anubrata Mondal. “Every scam in Paschim Banga is inter-connected. The lottery scam came to light in 2016 from a CAG report. The govt paid no heed despite knowing everything,” he tweeted.
Similar allegations were also levelled against Anubrata Mondal by BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari. He pointed out how the lottery company stopped posting pictures of the winners after several TMC leaders including Mondal and MLA Vivek Gupta’s wife were declared winners.

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