Kolkata: On Friday the officials of the CBI visited a lottery shop in Bengal’s Birbhum district, where jailed TMC leader Anubrata Mondal had bagged a prize of ₹ 1 crore and sought details of the ticket he had bought. A senior official of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said the authorities spoke to the owner of the shop in Bolpur and other persons employed there, he said.
“We sought details of the ticket on which Mondal won the cash prize of ₹ 1 crore. As they could not provide us with the details, we asked them to visit our office in Bolpur with all information,” the official told the news agency PTI. Anubrata Mondal was arrested by the CBI in August regarding its probe into a cattle smuggling case.
A source close to him revealed that Mondal had earlier this year won ₹ 1 crore on a lottery ticket, which was purportedly purchased by his bodyguards on his request. Asked what the association between Mondal could be winning the lottery to the cattle smuggling case, the CBI officer said that the probe agency suspects that proceeds earned from the crime were diverted to the lottery business to make black money white.
“There are high chances that the black money earned from cattle smuggling was used in the lottery business. We are investigating the matter. We are talking to several people,” the CBI officer said.
On Wednesday Mondal’s daughter, Sukanya was also questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is probing the money trail in the cattle smuggling case, at its Delhi headquarters.