R.Roshan Baig, senior Congress leader and legislator from Shivajinagar in Bengaluru has been asked to appear before agencies probing the multi-crore IMA jewels scandal.
Baig has been asked to appear before the special investigation team (SIT),set up to probe the dubious company that has allegedly defrauded thousands of small investors.
"A notice has been given to ex minister Mr.Roshan Baig to appear on the 11th July,"a senior police official, directly involved in the case said.
The notice came to Baig hours after he resigned as legislator over growing differences between him and the senior leadership of the party. The notice also came a day after the SIT arrested B.M.Vijay Shankar, Deputy Commissioner and District Magistrate Bengaluru Urban for his alleged role in the scam.
Shankar, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer was arrested as he is suspected to have taken ₹1.5 crore bribe from Mohammed Mansoor Khan, the main accused in the scam that has allegedly duped thousands of investors to the tune of at least ₹700 crore.
The allegations against Baig have not yet been specified by the investigating authorities.
Khan, in an audio clip released after he fled from the country in early June, had said that prominent politicians and others were part of the conspiracy to end IMA group of companies, which claim to be in business since 2006.
Khan has since released another video from an undisclosed location, claiming threats to his life and also stating that he was willing to come back to India and release the names of those involved in the scam. Congress minister Zameer Ahmed Khan has already approached the Enforcement Directorate once.
ED is also probing the case that has so far seen over 40,000 individual investors file complaints against the Bengaluru-based company.
Khan had also accused senior Congress leader K. Rahman Khan, Janata Dal (Secular) legislator T. Sharavana among others of running a campaign to end the company.