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Cattle smuggling case: Delhi Court sends TMC's Anubrata Mondal to further 11 days ED remand

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Friday sent Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Anubrata Mondal to Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody for further 11 days in an alleged case of cattle smuggling case.
ED has recently brought him to Delhi after arresting him in a money laundering case revolving around cattle smuggling case. The Special Judge Raghubir Singh on Friday allowed an ED plea for 11 days further remand of Anubrata Mondal. ED through its Special Public Prosecutor Nitesh Rana argued that Mondal's custodial interrogation is necessary to confront him with several accused and witnesses in the case.
Appearing for Mondal, Advocate Mudit Jain submitted that the investigations conducted are closed doors investigations without any sight visit, which makes them lazy and unenterprising.
TMC leader Anubrata Mondal's default bail plea was recently dismissed by the trial Court.
TMC Birbhum district president Anubrata Mondal is said to be a close aide of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. He was earlier arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the same case on July 11.
Recently ED arrested him in the alleged multi-crore cattle smuggling scam after questioning him inside the Asansol jail where he was lodged.
In the case, the court earlier noted that this case of ED is based upon the Scheduled Offence (CBI case), the proceedings of which are going on there at Asansol, West Bengal in a CBI Court and some accused have been running into Judicial custody in connection with those proceedings of the CBI case.
During Sehegal Hussain's (another accused) hearing, the ED had agitated that sources for funding of immovable and movable assets acquired by the accused are to be ascertained and for that purpose, the accused is required to be confronted with certain other persons including his close relation so as to trace the trails of tainted money which allegedly runs into crores of rupees.
In April last year, the trial court had taken cognizance of a chargesheet filed by ED against other accused naming former Trinamool Congress youth wing leader Vinay Mishra, his brother Vikas Mishra and Mohammad Enamul Haque, the alleged kingpin of a cattle smuggling racket across India-Bangladesh border.
The trial court noted that the prosecution complaint (Chargesheet) has been filed by the ED under Sections 44 and 45 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002 for the commission of an offence under Sections 3 and 70 of PMLA punishable under Section 4 of PMLA.
The trial court judge while taking cognizance of the ED Chargesheet, said that he had gone through the complaint and the accompanying documents and there was sufficient material to proceed against the accused. Accordingly, the cognizance of the offence under Sections 3 and 70 PMLA punishable under Section 4 PMLA was taken. (ANI)

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