Bengaluru: Senior Congress leader, R Roshan Baig, who was suspended from the party in June, has been summoned by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the multi-crore I Monetary Advisory (IMA) scam. SIT issued summons on Tuesday.

In the audio clip released by the IMA Group founder-managing director, Mohammad Mansoor Khan, Baig’s name figured prominently. He was accused of harassing Mansoor Khan when he was asked to return Rs 400 crore.

However, Baig denied Mansoor Khan’s claims.

The politician has been asked to appear before the investigating agency at 11am on Thursday.

The SIT has already arrested BDA executive engineer PD Kumar, whose name surfaced in the audio clip along with Baig.

According to reports, SIT officials have confirmed the summons order issued to Baig. They also said that he has been asked to appear before it as they need to interrogate him regarding the case.

Bengaluru deputy commissioner, BM Vijayshankar, was arrested by the officials on Monday for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 1.5 crore from the prime accused, Mansoor Khan. Assistant commissioner of revenue department, LC Nagaraj, and a village accountant, Manjunath had been arrested earlier last month.

Vijayshankar’s name surfaced while the officials were interrogating Nagaraj and Manjunath.

Nagaraj was the competent authority who was given the responsibility of investigating the IMA case after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) highlighted irregularities in the company.

As part of the probe, Nagaraj had reportedly issued a public notice, asking people to come forward and register complaints. Allegedly though, without even carrying out a fair investigation, the official issued a clearance certificate to the RBI with regard to the case. He reportedly told them that there were no complaints registered against the company.

The three accused -- Vijayshankar, Nagaraj and Manjunath -- had accepted a bribe of Rs 4.5 crore to issue the clearance certificate.

The SIT has so far arrested 18 people in connection with the IMA scam including 12 board of directors, an auditor, nominated corporator Syed Mujahid, BDA executive engineer PD Kumar, assistant commissioner (Revenue Department) LC Nagaraj, village accountant Manjunath and Bengaluru urban deputy commissioner Vijay Shankar.