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Calcutta High Court refuses plea of TMC leader in cattle smuggling case

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The Calcutta High Court rejects to give any relief to Trinamool Congress leader Anubrata Mondal from appearing before CBI in association with the cattle smuggling case.

On Tuesday, the Calcutta High Court rejects to give any relief to Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Anubrata Mondal from appearing in front of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in association with the cattle smuggling case.  A division bench of the Calcutta High Court including Chief Justice Prakash Shrivastava and Justice Rajarshi Bharadwaj confirmed the order of a single bench while declining to allow protection from arrest to the TMC leader. On March 18, single bench of Justice Rajashekhar Mantha denied Mondal any ease from appearing prior to CBI following which he was removed from the division bench on March 21.    

This Trinamool Congress leader has previously been summoned by the central agency at least four times. Central Bureau of Investigation wanted to interrogate Mondal in the multi-crore cattle smuggling scam, not an accused but as a witness. CBI has field offices in Birbhum and the adjoining West Burdwan district, later Mondol was summoned to its regional head office at Nizam Palace in South Kolkata. Mondal has been skipping warrant citing medical ailments. He pleaded CBI to question him at a place nearby to his residence considering the situation.     

 The single bench said “Having carefully examined the submission of the parties, this court notes that infact the petitioner has been traveling outside Bolpur and on a couple of occasions traveled all the way to Howrah. Anubrata Mondal has been seen in Kolkata before the medical board, the ailment referred to by the Medical Board is not as important as to require the petitioner to remain restricted to his home or a hospital.” 

According to the reports, the cattle were taken hold of by the Border Security Force (BSF) and were underrated and auctioned with the help of some Customs officers so that dealers could buy these at a low price and can be legally sold in Bangladesh. 

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