September 30, 2022

Asansol, Sep 7: Jailed TMC leader Anubrata Mondal was taken to a special court here on Wednesday for further judicial process at the end of his14-day judicial remand.

Trinamool Congress’ Birbhum district president Mondal was arrested on August 11 by the CBI in connection with the alleged smuggling of cattle across the international border to Bangladesh.

He has been lodged in the Asansol Correctional home for the past two weeks,

Court sources said Mondal’s counsels have moved a bail petition citing his “poor’ health condition”.

However, the lawyers for the CBI moved a counter-petition opposing granting of bail to the controversial leader arguing he was “very powerful and influential” and a prime suspect in the cattle trafficking case. The arguments were being debated.

The CBI during the week also quizzed Mondal’s accountant, Manish Kothari about the bank acount details of Anubrata’s daughter Sukanya.

Officials of several state-owned banks in Suri and Bolpur were summoned to the Nizam Palace on Monday. According to sources, the bank account details of the Trinamool leader’s close associates were scrutinised, as many assets were found after questioning Anubrata Mondal’s accountant.

A Kolkata report said TMC’s Bijpur MLA Subodh Adhikari, who was summoned by the CBI on Wednesday at its city office, skipped the summon for the second successive day.

The CBI had searched Adhikari’s houses of Adhikari at several places in North 24 Parganas district on Sunday, barely two days after Halisahar Municipality chairman Raju Sahani was arrested in an alleged ponzi scam.

Adhikari”s lawyers had requested the CBi that their client needed some two weeks time for appearance. However the CBI summoned Adhikari on Wednesday, but he did not turn up, sources said.

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