The managing director of Sumangal Group, Subrata Adhikari, was arrested on the charge of money laundering from a guest house in Mumbai, police said today.
"He was arrested by a team of Kolkata police from the guest house in Mumbai last night. He is being brought to Kolkata today and will be produced in a court here," Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Pallab Kanti Ghosh said.
The charges levelled against him include money laundering and raising money through chit fund ponzi schemes, he said. Sumangal group allegedly amassed deposits worth Rs 100 crore from West Bengal and neighbouring states through a 'Flexi Potato Purchase Scheme', police said.
In December last year, nearly 5,000 depositors staged an agitation and lodged a complaint with Shakespeare Sarani police against company Adhikary for non-payment of amount against matured Potato Flexi Bonds.
But by then, Sumangal had closed offices here and all its directors absconding, they said.
Investigations revealed that Sumangal promised depositors 30 to 100 per cent returns on their investments within 15 months through a scheme involving purchase and subsequent sale of potatoes.