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Newsmen Bureau

Kolkata, 04 January: TRINAMOOL Lok Sabha leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay, arrested in Kolkata yesterday by the CBI, has been remanded in six days custody of the Central agency.

Bandyopadhyay was flown to Bhubaneswar in Odisha last night and was produced before a special CBI court there today afternoon. This is because the case relating to several thousand crores of rupees money laundered by Rose Valley Group for which he has been arrested had originated in Odisha.

During the hearing, the Trinamool MP’s lawyer sought his bail on the plea that CBI has no evidence against him and that he needs to attend a meeting of the Parliamentary standing committee on digitisation in Delhi on 09 January.

CBI lawyer on the other hand prayed for 12-day remand for the arrested MP stating that the Central agency needs to question him as charges against him were grave in nature and involves money laundering to the tune of several thousand crores of rupees.

Apart from his lawyer, Bandyopadhyay himself took part in the argument and told the court that he had been targeted by the Centre because he had taken a strong stance in Parliament against demonetisation.

After hearing the argument and counter-argument, the judge reserved his order until evening. It was then that Bandyopadhyay was remanded to six days CBI custody and the next date for his court production was set for 09 January.

Another Trinamool MP, Tapas Pal, who was arrested in the same case on 30 December, and is now lodged in CBI custody until 06 January. CBI sources said that the two MPs might be questioned face to face over the next few days.