BJD Suspends Nabin

BJD Supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today suspended former Lawmaker Nabin Nanda from the party following his arrest in connection with a "condemnable" incident in Kolkata, party sources said.

Mr.Patnaik suspended Mr.Nanda after news broke out that he was arrested by the police in Kolkata, BJD Secretary Bijay Nayak said in a statement.

Mr.Nanda was reportedly arrested on Saturday from a SPA allegedly run as a brothel. Kolkata Police said today a sex racket disguised as a beauty parlour in the city's Park Street area was busted on Saturday and 18 people were arrested.

The arrested persons included nine sex workers, three customers and the manager of the brothel, a police officer said.

"All the arrested have been booked under IPC 120 B read with 3/4/5/7/18 IT (P) Act and an investigation  is being conducted at Beniapukur police station," said Inspector of Police S S Alam said.

The former MLA of Dhenkanal has admitted to have been arrested by the police but said it was a "conspiracy against me."

"I had gone out for shopping around 7 pm on Saturday, when my mobile phone and wallet were pick-pocketed. I chased the man and he ran into the spa. After I followed him into the spa, police caught me on the suspicion that I was a customer.

As I had no mobile phone then, I could not contact my family members," he told TV news channels from Kolkata.

Claiming that he had "no intention" of visiting the SPA, Mr.Nanda said he will take legal recourse against his arrest.
Advocate Ashwini Kumar representing Mr.Nanda told the Media from Kolkata that the Court has granted him bail.

Mr.Nanda's son Sambit told that his father failed to contact the family till Sunday after losing his mobile phone.

Sambit said his father is in a hotel on Robinson Street and will return after settling the police case.

He alleged that it is a political conspiracy to defame his father.

His family sources said he went to Kolkata on Thursday and was to return on Sunday.

He was in touch with his family members till Friday. But they could not contact him on Saturday as his mobile phone was switched off.

Since Mr.Nanda did not return on Sunday morning, his son flew to Kolkata in the afternoon and filed a complaint with the Shakespeare Sarani Police Station.

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