CBI Team to Eval­u­ate Didi’s Paint­ings

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Kolkata: After seiz­ing at least two dozen paint­ings by West Ben­gal chief min­is­ter Ma­mata Ban­er­jee, the Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI) now looks into bring in a team of eval­u­a­tors to de­ter­mine the ac­tual price of these.

The paint­ings were bought by some busi­ness­men who ran var­i­ous ponzi schemes. The eval­u­a­tors will fix the valu­a­tion for all paint­ings and sub­mit a re­port to cen­tral agen­cies. The re­port con­sist­ing of the mar­ket valu­a­tion will be then com­pared with the prices that the fraud­u­lent com­pa­nies paid to the Tri­namool Con­gress for these paint­ings.

Ac­cord­ing to sources in the CBI ranks, the eval­u­a­tion re­port would be sub­mit­ted to the court along with the prices at which the paint­ings were sold. The eval­u­a­tion re­port is ad­mis­si­ble to the court un­der the Ev­i­dence Act, said a se­nior of­fi­cial of the agency. Cur­rently, the CBI has around 25 of Ma­mata’s paint­ings seized from var­i­ous ‘chit fund’ own­ers.

Sources fur­ther said the req­ui­si­tion for a team of ex­pert eval­u­a­tors has been sent to the CBI head­quar­ters and the team will be reach­ing soon. Ac­cord­ing to the in­ves­ti­ga­tors, the money, which Tri­namol re­ceived from the sale of paint­ings, is the in­vestors’ money and the pro­ceeds of crime as well. CBI on Fri­day filed its sev­enth sup­ple­men­tary charge sheet in Saradha scam case.

Nalini Chi­dambaram, a se­nior ad­vo­cate and wife of for­mer Union min­is­ter P Chi­dambaram has been named in the charge sheet for en­ter­ing into a crim­i­nal con­spir­acy with Saradha chief Sudipta Sen and for al­legedly tak­ing .₹ 1.4 crore from Saradha group of com­pa­nies dur­ing 2010-12. Ac­cord­ing to the charge sheet, the Saradha group of com­pa­nies had il­le­gally raised funds to the tune of . .₹ 2,500 crore and the ac­cused had failed to re­pay the in­vestors to the tune of .₹ 1,900 crore.

Re­port with mar­ket valu­a­tion will be com­pared with the prices that fraud­u­lent cos paid to Tri­namool for these pait­ings

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