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By A Newsman

Kolkata, 03 January: CBI has taken arrested Trinamool Lok Sabha leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay to Bhubaneswar where he would be produced before a special court there.

Before flying out from Kolkata airport, Bandyopadhyay told reporters that he had been punished by the Narendra Modi government for performing well in the Lok Sabha against demonetisation.

After being arrested around 03.10 pm this afternoon, the 64-year-old MP was taken from CBI regional office CGO Complex at Salt Lake to the Kolkata airport at 10.15 in the night. While leaving CGO Complex he waved and smiled at Trinamool supporters who had gathered outside.

Accompanied by five CBI officers, the Trinamool MP was subsequently taken to Bhubaneswar by an IndiGo flight at 11.35 pm with the scheduled landing at 12.50 midnight.

He has been taken there as the case for multi-crore money laundering by Rose Valley Group in connection with which he has been arrested had been filed in Odisha. His MP colleague Tapas Pal, who was arrested in the same case of 30 December, is also in CBI custody in Bhubaneswar now.

Earlier in the evening, a group of 20 Trinamool MPs and some 15-odd ministers of the state Cabinet went to CGO Complex to express solidarity to their arrested senior colleague. They included Trinamool MPs like Sougata Roy, Derek O’Brien, Sultan Ahmed; ministers Partha Chatterjee, Firhad Hakim, Sasi Panja and others.

Some of them went inside and met Bandyopadhyay from a distance at CGO Complex’s first floor. Emerging out of the meeting, O’Brien said that party would “fight to the finish” the “vindictive politics” of Modi government. Partha Chatterjee said, from 11 am Wednesday, Trinamool would organise protest rallies all over Bengal.

Bandyopadhyay’s wife, Triamool MLA Nayana Bandyopadhyay, also went to CGO Complex and met her arrested husband.