Last updated: January 25, 2023, 11:26 PM IST
The TMC on Wednesday condemned the arrest of its spokesman Saket Gokhale in a money laundering case, saying he was a target of BJP’s “political witch hunt”.
The party also said central agencies were being abused by opposition parties.
“It is nothing but a witch hunt by the BJP-led government. The Center misuses investigative agencies to attack opposition leaders. The arrest reflects favoritism and a selective approach on the part of central agencies as they turn a blind eye to the crimes of BJP leaders on the loose,” said TMC Rajya Sabha party leader Derek O’Brien.
The Enforcement Directorate arrested TMC spokesman Saket Gokhale on Wednesday in a money laundering case related to alleged irregularities at a crowdfunding initiative in Gujarat, official sources said.
Gokhale was taken into custody under criminal sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in Ahmedabad where he is placed in judicial custody in a case of Gujarat Police.
He was arraigned before a court in Ahmedabad, which sent him to ED detention until January 31, officials said.
The state police had arrested Gokhale from Delhi last December in a case of alleged misuse of money he had raised through crowdfunding. The Gujarat High Court on Monday had denied regular bail to Gokhale in this case, asking him not to approach the court until an indictment was filed.
The TMC leader had approached the high court after a session court and a magistrate in Ahmedabad recently denied him bail following his arrest and the expiry of his pretrial detention. Gokhale has been in judicial custody since January 5 and is housed in a prison in Ahmedabad. He was arrested in this case on December 30, 2022 by the Ahmedabad Cyber Crime Branch of Delhi.
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