Mamata's Close Aide Arrested Over Economic Fraud

Published: 22nd February 2015 11:39 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd February 2015 01:19 PM   |  A+A-

Shibaji Panja, a close aide of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, was arrested on Saturday night at Kolkata airport for alleged economic fraud in Delhi.

Panja, who had accompanied the chief minister on her trip to Bangladesh, was detained by the Immigration Department at the NSC Bose International Airport on his arrival and later handed over to the Bidhannagar City Police.

Panja, a TV producer and industrialist, had allegedly taken a Rs 18 crore loan from Industrial Financial Corporation, a government organisation which lends short term loans to firms, after submitting some fake documents. A case of fraud was registered in this regard with the Economic Offences Wing of the Delhi Police.

"Four days ago a look out notice was issued for Panja at all the airports. Our investigating officer will now go to Kolkatta and then he will be formally arrested and brought to Delhi for questioning," DCP (EOW) B K Singh said.

Panja had left for Dhaka along with the Chief Minister on February 19.

According to media reports, Panja was under the scanner for quite sometime and a team of Delhi Police is on their way to question him.

(With PTI inputs)

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