On 5 October, suspended Trinamool Congress (TMC) lawmaker Kunal Ghosh was granted interim bail against a bond of Rs two lakh by the Kolkata High Court. Ghosh is an accused in the Saradha chit-fund scam, and was arrested in 2013 for the first time.
The Kolkata High Court granted interim bail on the conditions that the erstwhile MP submit his passport to the CBI and has to appear before the agency once a week. Moreover, the CBI has been granted the right to call Ghosh for questioning whenever required.
He has also been barred from travelling outside the jurisdiction of Narkeldanga police station where his residence is located. The high court's order came a day after it observed that there was no need to keep him behind bars any more.
In October last year, Ghosh went on an indefinite hunger strike in a Kolkata jail, alleging an unfair probe against him by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The CBI had interrogated the suspended TMC leader earlier in December last year.
Ghosh was arrested on November 23, 2013, and sent to custody by the CBI on 4 September, 2014, after it took over the investigation on the orders of the Supreme Court.
--with Agency inputs