Anubrata Mondal Arrested Updates: Senior TMC leader Anubrata Mondal was on Thursday arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in a cattle smuggling case after failing to appear for questioning twice in three days. The officials escorted by a huge contingent of central armed forces personnel this morning reached the Bolpur residence of the Trinamool Congress strongman. He was later produced before the Asansol court Read More
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It’s Strike 2 for the Trinamool Congress with the arrest of Birbhum district president Anubrata Mondal in the cattle smuggling case. Strike 1 came on July 22 with the arrest of then minister Partha Chatterjee in the teachers’ recruitment scam case. While Chatterjee had been arrested by the Enforcement Directorate along with aide Arpita Mukherjee, Mondal has been arrested by the CBI after two no-shows for questioning in three days. Read More
Arrested TMC leader Anubrata Mondal was on Thursday sent to the CBI custody till August 20 by Asansol court in connection with cattle smuggling case. While CBI prayed for 14 days custody, the court granted custody for nine days. He is likely to be brought to Kolkata tonight and questioned at CBI’s Nizam Palace office.
#WATCH | West Bengal: Anger in people as they show shoes, shout slogans of 'chor, chor' during the production of TMC Birbhum district president Anubrata Mondal in a special CBI court of Asansol. Mondal had been arrested by the CBI in a cattle smuggling case. https://t.co/iE0Ui4xTQ6 pic.twitter.com/Z8yqQWI3JE
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“We expect similar treatment for all those belonging to the ruling party as well. There are several allegations against them too but nothing is happening to them. Himanta Biswa Sarma’s name was taken by Jharkhand MLAs but no CBI/ED is acting on it,” said TMC leader and Bengal minister Chandrima Bhattacharya, adding that the party only have trust in the judiciary. “Tomorrow, day after tomorrow TMC youth and student wings will protest against the partial faces of ED and CBI in every district,” she added.
Another TMC leader Samir Chakraborty, who was also present in the press conference, said, “Cows are not ants. How could they were smuggled across the border without the BSF’s knowledge? Why isn’t the BSF being questioned?”
“TMC will hold a rally demanding neutrality of CBI tomorrow. The party’s students and youth wing will hold a protest rally in Kolkata at 3 pm demanding fair and neutral investigation by the central agencies,” said TMC leader Chandrima Bhattacharya.
“We have already said and our national general secretary has cleared that we don’t support immoral activity. We are neutral. This party was formed with people’s support. No compromise with wrongs,” said TMC leader Chandrima Bhattacharya while addressing a presser on Anubrata Mondal’s arrest.
The CBI today produced TMC Birbhum district president Anubrata Mondal before a special court in Asansol after arresting him in a cattle smuggling case.
Commenting on TMC leader Anubrata Mondal’s arrest in a cattle smuggling case, West Bengal Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, “Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and TMC leaders are involved in scams. For many years they have been misusing the government. Such scams are not possible without the support of government and the police. Today TMC has become a party of thieves.”
Trinamool Congress (TMC) to hold a press conference at 5:30 pm today after senior party leader Anubrata Mondal was on Thursday arrested by the CBI from his residence in Kolkata in connection with a cattle smuggling case.
Senior Trinamool Congress leader Anubrata Mondal was Thursday arrested by the CBI from his residence here in connection with a cattle smuggling case, after twice skipping his scheduled appearance before the central probe agency in three days, an official said. The CBI served a notice to Mondal under Section 41 of CrPC before arresting him for allegedly not cooperating in its probe into the scam, he said. Earlier in the day, a CBI team comprising at least eight officers along with personnel of central forces reached the Birbhum district president’s residence around 10 am, and conducted a search operation, as part of the investigation. Mondal was grilled in a room on the second floor of his residence for almost an hour, the official said.
Earlier in the day, a CBI team comprising at least eight officers along with personnel of central forces reached Mondal’s residence around 10 am, and conducted a search operation, as part of the probe. Mondal was grilled in a room on the second floor of his residence, the official said. He said the CBI would also question the doctor of a Bolpur hospital who had prescribed Mondal bed rest for 14 days. Sleuths of the probe agency are conducting raids at residences of several close associates of the TMC leader as well, the official added. Mondal has been questioned twice by the CBI, which in the recent past conducted raids at various locations in the district in connection with the case. His bodyguard Saigal Hossain has also been arrested by the central agency.
Trinamool Congress leader Anubrata Mondal has been arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation in a cattle smuggling case after failing to appear for questioning twice in three days.
After the CBI filed a FIR in 2020, his name came up in the case. According to the CBI, over 20,000 cattle heads were seized by the Border security force while being smuggled across the border between 2015 and 2017. READ MORE
Amid TMC strongman Anubrata Mondal’s arrest in a cattle smuggling case, eight IPS officers of West Bengal, including Sukesh Jain, Gyanwant Singh, Rajib Mishra, Shyam Singh, Selva Murugan, Koteshwar Rao have been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate in Delhi next week. READ MORE
I found out today that Anubrata Mondal has been arrested by the CBI. It’s a sensitive matter. Only the (party) spokesman is authorised to comment. The CM has said that corruption wouldn’t be supported. That’s been proved as Partha Chatterjee has been ousted: Madan Mitra, TMC
According to CBI sources, Anubrata is being taken straight to Asansol, and the convoy did not stop at Durgapur. He will probably be taken to some central government health facility in Asansol before he is produced in court, sources said.
According to CBI sources, when the agency visited the local doctor who had earlier said Anubrata is ill, he retracted his statement, saying he was pressurised to write a wrong prescription.
Trinamool Congress leader Anubrata Mondal was on Thursday arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) after two no-shows in three days for questioning in the cattle smuggling case.
Mondal, known as the “Bahubali” leader of TMC in Birbhum, is the founding member of the party in the district and is a close aide of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. Mondal is fondly called “Kesto da” by his supporters, and, locals say nothing can happen in Birbhum without his nod. READ MORE
Suvendu Adhikari on Mondal’s arrest, “CBI has done the right thing that they have arrested him. He was small person, how did he get Rs 1,000 crore property? That has to be seen. It has to be ascertained under whose direction coal and cattle smuggling takes place. He is the creation of Mamata Banerjee.”
Mondal was arrested after almost an hour-long interrogation by a CBI team that arrived at the Birbhum district president’s house early on Thursday, he said. “We have arrested him for non-cooperation in the investigation into the cattle smuggling scam,” the official told PTI. Mondal was taken to a hospital for medical check-up, he said. The TMC leader had twice skipped his scheduled appearance before the central probe agency in the last few days, citing ill-health.
The central agency is investigating the cattle smuggling case in West Bengal.
After the TMC’s Birbhum district president ignored ten consecutive summons from the CBI, the central agency top brass decided not to wait anymore and instead reached his residence on Thursday morning. A team of CBI officials led by the agency’s superintendent (anti- corruption branch), Rajeev Mishra, along with the team of central armed forces personnel had reached Bolpur late Wednesday night.
Around 9.50 a.m., the team of CBI and central armed personnel reached Mandal’s residence. First the central armed forces cordoned the entire residential building from all points. Thereafter the CBI officials got divided into two teams. One team entered the residence from the main front gate, while the other entered through the other gate at the back side of the building.
“The decision to reach his doorsteps was taken on Wednesday evening only, after we became definite how desperate Mandal is to avoid the summons for which he even got a bed-rest advice by pressurising a doctor of the Bolpur Sub-divisional Hospital. We even talked to the doctor concerned and he also said that he was forced to give the bed-rest advice in plain paper both from his higher authorities as well as Mandal. So, before he could adopt any further method to duck interrogation, we decided to reach his house,” a CBI official said.
Till the latest information available, the CBI sleuths were questing Mandal within his residence only and it is to be seen now whether the central agency sleuths will ultimately arrest him or remain satisfied by questioning him at his residence.
After entering the residence, the CBI first asked the private security personnel posted there to move out of the building and also directed the central armed forces personnel not to allow anyone to enter. The CBI officers have also seized all the mobile phones from everyone present at the building while the raid was conducted.
It is learnt that the CBI team is also carrying a court order with them that empowers them to conduct search operations at Mandal’s residence.