The cattle smuggling case came into light when the leader of Bengal Trinamool Congress, Anubrata Mondal, failed to report to the questioning session for three consecutive days stating he was sick and was abducted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from his bolpur house.
The central investigating agency summoned Anubrata Mondal for the first time in the cow smuggling case on February 14, this year. He had failed to appear, stating his physical illness. On February 25, he was served with a summons to appear in court on behalf of the CBI. Anubrata stayed home on that day as well, alleging physical illness. He was summoned around ten times after that, but he only appeared once, on May 19, and was probed for nearly four hours.
The TMC president, around 60 years old, asked the investigators for two weeks and submitted copies of two prescriptions in his letter. He also asked to meet with them at their city hall.
Mondal’s attorney delivered the letter to the central agency’s city office on Wednesday morning.
On the day of capturing Mondal, the CBI had arrived around 10 am at his house and started a search with eight of their officers. When the officers found Mondal in his room on the second floor, he refused to accept the cattle smuggling probe.
Mondal was then taken to a medical check-up and brought to the CBI transit office.
Mandal was born in the 1960s in Birbhum. He is a founding member of Birbhum’s Trinamool Congress. In West Bengal, he is a divisive figure.
Trinamool leaders said that he suffers from Hypoxia and must take oxygen with him. Mandal has backed other Trinamool leaders in their election campaigns.
His renowned slogan, Khela Hobe, has made a tremendous impact in the 2021 West Bengal Legislative Assembly elections, and people all throughout Bengal are using it. Mamata’s party easily won the election.
He’s considered to be a close aide of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Mondal has assisted the Trinamool Congress in consolidating its dominance in the region. The TMC now owns ten of Birbhum’s eleven assembly seats.
He is a devoted Mamata supporter known as ‘Keshto da.’ His devotion to the party supremo was recognized when he was appointed to the TMC national working committee.
Despite being in politics for almost three decades, Mondal has never run for office. He prefers to work behind the scenes and is one of the major players in TMC’s expansion strategy.
Anubrata Mondal is no stranger to debate. He is infamous for making unwanted statements and has threatened the police and incited TMC members to ‘hurl bombs’ at them on multiple occasions.
From raiding around 13 locations of Anubrata Mondal earlier in this month by the CBI officers, including the residences of Mondal loyalist Karim Khan and his aide Ziaul Haque at Ilambazar and Nanoor, Rs 17 lakh and 10 mobile phones, the agency recovered pen drives, hard discs and the key of a locker was seized.