IMA jewels scam: SIT may quiz Roshan Baig

BENGALURU: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) may quiz Congress leader and eight-time legislator from the Shivajinagar Assembly segment R Roshan Baig over infamous multi-crore IMA investment scam.

According to Deccan Chronicle reports, SIT probing the scam running over Rs 2,000 crores will soon be calling Baig for questioning due to his friendship with the managing director Mohammed Mansoor Khan, main accused of I Monetary Advisory (IMA) jewel scam, who fled the country on June 8.

The development comes days after Khan, prominently in the audio clip had alleged Mr. Baig of taking Rs 400 crore from him and refused to return the money.

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In a purported video clip posted in the social media, Khan accused Baig of blackmailing him for asking to return about Rs 400 crore he claimed to have given the latter for contesting in the recent Lok Sabha elections from Bangalore Central seat though he did not get the ticket.

According to reports, Baig had introduced Revenue minister R V Deshpande to the the firm’s owner Mansoor Khan about two months ago over a matter of clearance for a loan.

Following an inquiry, the Congress party on Tuesday suspended MLA R Roshan Baig from the party with immediate effect for indulging in “anti-party activities.”

“All India Congress Committee has approved the proposal sent by KPCC to take action against R Roshan Baig, MLA, on account of his anti-party activities. He has been suspended from the party with immediate effect, on the basis of an inquiry conducted into the matter,” Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) said in a press note.

Baig, however, has refuted the allegation and termed it as a “total conspiracy.”

It is alleged that IMA Jewels, with Muslims as its prime investors, has not paid interests on investments for the last three months.

Earlier, scores of investors staged protests outside the office of IMA Jewels at Sivaji Nagar, asking the firm to return their money.

With agency inputs

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