Bhubaneshwar: A CBI court on Thursday sent TMC MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay to judicial custody for 14 days. Bandyopadhyay was arrested by the CBI last week in connection with the Rose Valley chit fund scam case. He was produced in the court of Special Chief Judicial Magistrate P K Mishra after the completion of his 10-day CBI remand in two phases. The judge rejected his bail petition and posted the next hearing of the case to January 25.
The MP’s advocate sought bail pleading that his client has all along cooperated with the investigating agency. The counsel also claimed that Bandopadhaya was ill.
Bandopadhaya claimed he was innocent and had no involvement in the scam. “Centre and CBI are trying to malign me because I raised the demonetisation issue in Parliament,” said Bandyopadhyay.
He was arrested in Kolkata on January 3 on charges of alleged link with Rose Valley Group chief Goutam Kundu, now in jail, and brought to Bhubaneswar next day. He has been in CBI custody since then.
Rose Valley Group has been accused of duping investors of Rs 17,000 crore in different states including Odisha and West Bengal.
The CBI in its charge sheet against the ponzi scheme company in January last year had mentioned that the investors from Odisha alone had deposited Rs 450 crore with the Rose Valley Group.
Another TMC MP Tapas Pal has been lodged at a special jail at Jharpada in the same scam.