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CBI grills Anubrata's accountant in cattle smuggling scam

The agency was also supposed to question the arrested TMC leader's daughter

PTI Bolpur(Birbhum) Published 17.08.22, 01:33 PM
Anubrata Mondal

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CBI on Wednesday morning grilled arrested Trinamool Congress leader Anubrata Mondal's accountant at their temporary camp office here as a part of its ongoing investigation into an alleged cattle smuggling scam, a senior officer of the agency said.

A team of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sleuths grilled for two hours Mondal's accountant Manish Kothari and two officials of the bank where the TMC leader has several bank accounts, he said.


The four-member team including a woman officer also went to Mondal's Nichupatti residence here as a part of the probe, the official said.

The officers, who were supposed to question Mondal's daughter Sukanya who is a primary school teacher, left the premises after around 10 minutes.

However, whether they have questioned Sukanya Mondal is not yet clear as the CBI has not given any confirmation so far.

"The central agency suspects that several bank accounts belonging to Mondal's daughter were used for financial transactions in the scam," he added.

"We have found several joint bank accounts of Mondal and his daughter. The two are joint holders of many other assets as well. Several accounts belonging to his daughter were used for transactions in the cattle smuggling scam," the officer added.

On August 11, the CBI arrested senior Trinamool Congress leader Anubrata Mondal from his residence for allegedly not cooperating in its probe into a cattle smuggling case.

"We have arrested him for non-cooperation in the investigation into the cattle smuggling scam. We have found Mr Mondal's direct involvement in the scam. We will question him today and take necessary action as per law," the official told PTI.

"The CBI served a notice to the TMC leader under Section 41 of CrPC before arresting him," he said.

Mondal had twice skipped his scheduled appearance before the central probe agency in the last few days, citing ill-health.

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