6-day CBI custody for Sudip

4 Jan 2017

TMC MP Sudip Bandopadhyay presented at a Bhubaneswar court this afternoon after  a round of interrogation by CBI sleuths.

While CBI lawyers had asked for a 12-day custody of the TMC MP saying that they would need to question him on various issues and would have to question him face-to-face with Tapas Paul. The court, however, has given him a six-day custody till January 10 after hearing arguments of both sides today. Sources said that at the court the CBI lawyer alleged that Bandopadhyay had had closed door meetings with Rose Valley Group owner Goutam Kundu, they said that they have evidences to prove that Bandopadhyay, on a number of instances had given promotional speeches on behalf of the group, Bandopadhyay had also been accused to go on a foreign trip sponsored by Kundu.

The MP's lawyer, however, refuted the charges saying that the CBI had no proof that the TMC MP was associated with any kind of promotion of Rose Valley Group or had had any closed door meeting with Kundu. “It was countered that Bandopadhyay had paid Rs 5 lakh to the travel agent for the concerned Europe trip but CBI lawyers argued that the trip was upgraded to an 18-lakh one by the group,” said a source. Bandopadhyay, at one point of time, requested the judge that he wanted to say something. After obtaining the permission of the judge, he said that he had paid Rs 5 lakh out of his own pocket for the foreign trip and had no idea if anyone else had paid anything else. He also said that he had been targeted by because he had led the movement against demonetisation at the Parliament been the most vocal against the Centre. He also said that he was the chairman of the Railway Standing Committee and had several meetings to chair in the near future. Those would be affected if he is not granted bail.

The judge, after hearing both sides, sent him for a CBI custody till January 10.