Featured Image: A file photo of the Kolkata City Sessions Court.
Kolkata, 17 August: A KOLKATA court on Monday sent to 12 days police remand the Bally Municipality engineer from whose house the Bengal police’s anti-corruption branch had seized Rs 21.80 crore unaccounted cash last Friday.
Apart from the engineer Pranab Adhikari (48), his arrested son Tanmay (24), has also been remanded to police custody for the same period.
Producing them before the City Sessions Court, the anti-corruption branch said that they need to further interrogate the father-son duo to bust the entire bribe mechanism that Adhikari had been operating for several years.
Appearing for the accused, defence counsel Soumen Manna argued that Tanmay, who is an M.Tech student, be granted bail as he had no direct role in the corruption charges that his father has been accused of.
Prosecution lawyer Tamal Mukherjee opposed this vehemently saying that both the father-son were party to this huge bribe racket and hence, the investigators be granted 14-day custody for both of them for further questioning.
Prosecution also slapped a fresh charge on Tanmay over alleged manhandling of a police constable when the cops had gone to arrest him at the engineer’s Howrah house on Saturday.
After hearing the both sides, the court granted the police 12-day remand for both Adhikari and his son.
Earlier in the day, the accused duo was brought from Bhawani Bhavan lockup to the anti-corruption branch’s office on Strand Road. Senior officials questioned them there for about an hour before they were taken to the City Court for production.
After the lapse of four days since the huge unaccounted cash was seized on 14 August and the engineer was subsequently arrested, the anti-corruption branch is yet to unearth the entire bribe machinery.
Trinamool Congress has already pointed fingers at the outgoing Bally Municipality chairman Arunava Lahiri of CPI-M alleging his complicity in the corruption of such magnitude.