BHUBANESWAR: Trinamool Congress (TMC)'s protest against arrest of its MPs spread to Odisha with party workers on Wednesday staging a dharna in front of CBI office here on Wednesday.
Opposing arrest of party MP Sudip Bandopadhyay, who was flown in to Bhubaneswar from Kolkata last night, TMC workers led by Ramnagar (West Bengal) MLA Akhil Giri squatted before the probe agency office.
The party has also decided to launch a mega rally in the city on January 10 to protest the arrests of Bandopadhyay and fellow Lok Sabha member Tapas Paul.
Giri described arrest of the party lawmakers as "politically motivated." "Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party are arresting the TMC leaders because it strongly opposed demonetisation," he said.
While Pal, who was arrested on December 30, is on a three-day CBI remand, the Central Agency is likely to move the court of Special CJM (CBI) seeking custody of Bandopadhyay in connection with his alleged links with the Rose Vally chit fund scam.
Bandopadhya will be taken to Capital Hospital for medical examination after which he will be produced before the CBI court, sources said.
Talking to mediapersons, lawyers of the three-time MP from Kolkata Uttar constituency said, there is no proof of Sudip’s complicity in Rose Valley scam, and his arrest was part of a political vendetta.
CBI has alleged that Rose Valley Group started in Tripura, ran illegal ponzi schemes in violation of the norms of RBI, SEBI and Registrar of Companies. The company also had large scale operations in West Bengal, Assam and Odisha.
In its charge sheet, CBI had claimed that it was probing the role of 'influential people' in the scam. In Odisha, Rose Valley Group has allegedly duped investors to the tune of Rs 450 crore.