West Bengal Congress spokesperson Kaustav Bagchi was arrested on Saturday morning from his residence for his alleged remarks against West Bengal Chief Minister (CM) Mamata Banerjee.
He had made the alleged derogatory comments against CM on a private television show. Soon after the comments were made, a complaint was lodged against Bagchi at Burtolla police station on Friday.
According to a senior police official, the arrest was made by around 3.30 am on Saturday morning.
A huge team of the city's Burtolla police station conducted a raid at Bagchi's residence at Barrackpore in North 24 Parganas district in West Bengal and arrested him, a senior police official told PTI.
"We have arrested Kaustav Bagchi from his residence in Barrackpore. We cannot talk much about it. Our officers are talking to him," the officer added.
Bagchi, a lawyer had reacted sharply and allegedly criticised the CM and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee for her "personal attacks" on West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee President Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury after the Congress' win in the Sagardighi bypolls, reported PTI.
After the arrest, Bagchi was brought to Burtolla Police Station and Congress workers staged a protest in front of the police station. The Congress had demanded immediate release of the leader.
Bagchi has been reportedly booked under several sections of the IPC including 120(B) (criminal conspiracy), 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), and 506 (criminal intimidation).
(With PTI inputs)