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Arudhra Gold trading case : EOW summons 2 BJP functionaries

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Chennai: The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Tamil Nadu Police today said it had issued summons to two BJP functionaries for their alleged links with the Director of Aarudhra Gold Trading Private Limited, which has cheated more than one lakh investors/depositors to the tune of Rs 2,400 crores.

The EOW in a press release here said summons were issued to advocate Alex, of the Advocates’ Wing, Pallavaram, and Sudhakar, a district functionary of the Ranipet BJP unit, for an inquiry. Last month, the special unit of police arrested K. Harish (31) of Kancheepuram, who was a functionary of the Sports and Skill Development Cell of the Tamil Nadu unit of the BJP.

Harish was one of the Directors of Aarudhra Gold Trading Private Limited functioning from Aminjikarai area in the city. The Firm had collected deposits to the tune of Rs 2,400 crore from over one lakh investors by promising huge interest ranging from 25 to 30% for a month and later failed to give returns as promised.

The police said it had found six fictitious companies and identified 16 suspects in connection with the scam. So far, 11 suspects had been arrested and remanded in judicial custody.

The EOW said “Harish is one of the key suspects. He was remanded in judicial custody on March 24. He was interrogated for 11 days from March 28 during which he had disclosed that Rs 84 crore was received from depositors by the firm in Kancheepuram district”.

However, the firm gave him Rs 130 crore with which he had purchased properties to the tune of Rs 15 crore and also made investments in some firms.

Besides, he had also invested the money through a firm called ‘One Man Groups’,” the EOW release said.

His car, mobile phones, property documents and other incriminating evidence were seized.

During interrogation, Harish has confessed that he paid off a few persons in the BJP to get the post from the money which was supposed to be returned to the depositors.

Following his statement, summons were issued to Alex and Sudhakar, the EOW said.

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