Kolkata, 19 May: ODISHA High Court has granted bail to Trinamool Lok Sabha leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay in the multi-crore Rose Valley Scam.
Justice JP Das of Odisha High Court granted him bail today morning on a personal bail bond of Rs 25-lakh. This apart he has been directed to surrender his passport to CBI’s investigation order in the case and not to try to influence any witnesses in the case.
CBI opposed the bail petition of Bandyopadhyay but Justice Das overruled the objection on the consideration that the Trinamool MP was unwell and he has already spent over four months under arrest.
The same court had, however, earlier rejected bail to another Trinamool MP Tapas Pal arrested for the same Rose Valley Scam.
Sources said that on meeting the bail conditions, Bandyopadhyay is likely to get released tomorrow or the day after. The Trinamool MP was arrested on 3 January from Kolkata and taken to Odisha the same night for production in the designated CBI court there as the Rose Valley cases were filed in that state.
After spending a few days in CBI custody, the court had remanded him to jail custody at Bhubaneswar. But within a few days of this, he complained of illness and is since then admitted to the Apollo Hospitals at Bhubaneswar.
Trinamool sources said that on getting released on bail, Bandyopadhyay would be flown to Kolkata and admitted to a hospital here for some days. CBI has decided to move the Supreme Court challenging the bail order.
Reacting to the granting of bail to Bandyopadhyay, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that he was unwell and should take rest at home for a few days on his return to Kolkata.
Left legislative party leader, Sujan Chakraborty of CPI-M has said that Bandyopadhyay has been granted bail as per a pact between Prime minister Narendra Modi and Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee over tacit support at the Centre.