CBI arrests TMC MP Sudip Bandopadhyay
|Source: The Hitavada Date: 04 Jan 2017 08:43:41|
THE CBI on Tuesday arrested Trinamool Congress parliamentary party leader in the Lok Sabha Sudip Bandopadhyay in connection with the alleged Rose Valley chit fund scam, the second of a party MP within a week.
Bandopadhyay, who arrived at the CBI office here at around 11 am, was subjected to more than four hours of intensive interrogation by CBI, after which he was arrested. The TMC MP had been summoned thrice earlier by the investigation agency.
His arrest in the alleged Rose Valley scam came close on the heels of the arrest of another Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal on Friday. Paul, an actor-turned politician, is now in the CBI custody in Bhubaneshwar.
On reaching the CBI office on Tuesday, Bandopadhyay told waiting reporters that he had come to face interrogation and know what the charges were against him.
Shortly after Bandopadhyay’s arrest, suspected activists of the TMC’s student wing hurled stones at the BJP’s state headquarters here. The Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) has, however, denied involvement in the incident.
Hundreds of TMCP activists shouted slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP and threw stones outside the BJP state headquarters in the city, official sources said.
The police quickly cordoned off the area and chased the protestors away.
“Some people threw stones at the BJP office. Later we used force and dispersed the crowd,” a Kolkata police official said.
Reacting to the incident, West Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh said, “People carrying flags of the TMC threw stones at our office because their leader has been arrested in a scam. Is this democracy? They should have thought about it before looting common people.” On being asked about the incident, TMCP State President Jaya Dutta said she was not aware of any such thing.
“One can clearly understand how unsafe we are under Mamata Raj,” BJP MP Rupa Ganguly said, adding “a few minutes back Mamata Banerjee addressed the press and said people will be on streets. That’s what happened.”
“Everybody is scared in Bengal today. Police doesn’t listen to the common people. They just stand by. Today it has happened in the heart of the city so it has been noticed,” she said.