CPI(M) MLA Sushanta Ghosh, in police custody on charges of being involved in murdering seven Trinamool workers, on Wednesday threatened to go on indefinite hunger strike to protest what he called "political vendetta".
Chief judicial magistrate Manoj Rai of the Midnapore district court on Wednesday remanded him in police custody for four more days and he will be produced before the judge on August 20.
"The present state government, only to fulfil its political revenge, has arrested me after slapping false charges," he said.
Seven skeletons have been exhumed from behind his house in West Midnapore, and this aroused the suspicion that Ghosh, a minister in the governments of the late Jyoti Basu and Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, was involved in the murder of seven Trinamool activists in 2002.
Ghosh also said: "I am being mentally and physically tortured in CID (Criminal Investigation Department) custody. I will sit on indefinite hunger strike in protest against this political vendetta."
On Saturday during interrogation by the CID, Ghosh, 52, complained of illness and was taken to the SSKM hospital. On Wednesday the doctors declared him fit to travel to West Midnapore.
"Some cartridges, big keys, wireless sets, spy cameras and some other things had been seized from the house of Ghosh," said Debasish Roy, the CID lawyer.
Biswanth Ghosh, counsel for the MLA, said in court: "He (Ghosh) was not properly treated (in hospital). For this my client was confused and his brain puzzled. There is no need to keep him in police custody because the CID said it had recovered some things."