Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay has been sent to judicial custody for 14 days when he was produced before the CBI special court at Khurda of Bhubaneswar in Odisha on Thursday.
Bandyopadhyay on Thursday submitted before the court that he was arrested just because he had raised his voice against demonetisation in Parliament. He claimed that CBI cannot provide a single video in which he will be found asking any agents of the group to collect money for any chit fund schemes.
It may be recalled that on January 9, on way to the Court Bandyopadhyay had said: “They are not going to leave me till the forthcoming Budget Session and such a decision has been taken as I had raised my voice against demonetisation.”
The CBI counsels, however, raised doubts before the court on the authenticity of certain documents which were provided to the investigating agency in connection with the Rose Valley Group scam.
The CBI counsel had opposed the bail plea of Bandyopadhyay. The court finally sent him to judicial custody till January 25. The central investigating agency has also pleaded before the court for permission to interrogate Rose Valley group chief, Gautam Kundu, once again.
Kundu is at present in judicial custody in Alipore Central Correctional Home and he will be taken to Bhubaneswar once the agency gets the court’s permission.
Sources said that the investigating officers have decided to question Kundu after realising that there were discrepancies in his statement. The CBI officers would once again ask Kundu about the role of some influential people whose names he had taken earlier during interrogation.
It is learnt that he will also be asked about the donation that he had given to St Xavier’s College for admission of his son and they will verify his statement with that of their findings after speaking to the Principal of St Xavier’s College Father Felix Raj on January 5.