Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Sudip Bandopadhyay was granted bail by Orissa High Court today, according to TV reports. TMC parliamentary party leader in the Lok Sabha was arrested in January this year by CBI in connection with the alleged Rose Valley chit fund scam. Bandopadhyay was granted bail on the health ground. He was granted bail on bond of Rs 25 lakh. He was also asked to furnish 2 sureties and deposit his passport, according to ANI report.
The TMC MP had been summoned multiple times by the investigation agency before he was arrested.
His arrest in the alleged Rose Valley scam came close on the heels of the arrest of another Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal. Pal, an actor-turned politician, is now in the CBI custody in Bhubaneshwar.
Following his arrest, Bandyopadhyay had accused BJP of being behind the recent CBI arrests of TMC leaders in West Bengal over chit fund scam “BJP is doing this (arrests of TMC leaders) aiming to finish Mamata Banerjee and TMC in West Bengal,” Sudip had said.
While remanded in judicial custody, the 63-year-old leader fell sick for an ailment he was suffering for last two years. Sudip was stated to be suffering from pancreas and heart ailments.
Earlier on May 8, the Orissa High Court had reserved its verdict on the bail plea of Bandyopadhyay. The bench of Justice J P Das had reserved the order on the TMC MP’s bail plea after hearing arguments of both the prosecution and defence.
Bandyopadhyay had approached the High court in February seeking regular bail after his bail applications were rejected by the designated CBI court in Bhubaneswar and the Khurda district sessions court. Bandyopadhyay was lodged in a special jail at Jharpada in Bhubaneswar.