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CrimeAnubrata Mondal arrested, says CBI, but lawyer disagrees: Here's why

Anubrata Mondal arrested, says CBI, but lawyer disagrees: Here’s why

Whether CBI would arrest Anubrata Mondal in connection with the cattle smuggling case was not clear until 4 PM today. The central probe agency has officially made a statement that the District Birbhum Trinamool Congress president has been under the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Financial Corruption Act. According to CBI sources, the Birbhum strongman was arrested at around 4:10 PM on Thursday, but was he? His lawyer contests reports that say so.

The CBI has charged Anubrata Mondal, in the news nationwide a few months ago for the awkward reason of being treated for puss accumulating in his scrotum while agencies were chasing him, under Section 120 B of the IPC and Sections 7, 10, 11 and 12 of the Prevention of Financial Corruption Act. The CBI, after detaining him first, sent him for a medical examination at the ACL Hospital. High- officials of the agency then produced him before the special CBI court in Asansol. 

The CBI had sent a total of 10 notices to Anubrata Mondal in connection with the smuggling case. But even after the 10th notice, he avoided appearing before the agency. Arresting him then became an inevitability. 

The CBI lawyers, accompanied by central forces for security from potential attacks from the strongman of Birbhum, reached his place in Bolpur around 10 AM. The paramilitary forces surrounded the house and then the entered. He was questioned and when he could not explain satisfactorily how he was innocent of the alleged -smuggling incidents.

According to sources, Anubrata Mondal did not cooperate during the grilling process. The CBI asked him to sign the arrest warrant, but he refused. It was then that the officials decided to arrest him and take him elsewhere. 

However, there is confusion about his arrest. "He has not been yet. There is a procedure for arrests. An arrest warrant is prepared; his lawyer is informed and a next of kin is informed. The CBI has issued a notice under Section 41 of the IPC. He has been taken in for questioning. There is a minimum time required by law that must lapse before the arrest, which was not given to him. I am sure he was not arrested," Anubrata Mondal's lawyer Anirban Guhathakurta said.

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