Opposition leader Suvendu Adhikari failed to appear before the West Bengal CID on Monday in connection with the investigation into the death of his bodyguard, saying he was busy, an officer said.
Mr Adhikari, the Nandigram MLA of the BJP, was summoned by detectives to the headquarters in Bhabani Bhawan in Kolkata in connection with the death of his bodyguard Subhobrata Chakraborty.
“He emailed us around 9:30 a.m. and mentioned some political arrangements that prevented him from meeting our agents,” a detective told PTI.
The detectives held a meeting after receiving Mr Adhikari’s mail to outline possible next steps in the investigation, including whether another subpoena would be sent to him, a source at the agency said.
Mr Adhikari was not immediately available for comment.
A detective team has already visited his home in Kanthi in connection with the investigation.
According to police, Chakraborty shot himself with his service revolver in October 2018 at the security camp outside Mr Adhikari’s home in Kanthi.
The CID has so far questioned more than 15 people, including 11 police officers.
Chakraborty, a staff member of the State Armed Police, has been part of Mr Adhikari’s security team since he became an MP. He remained in the team after Mr. Adhikari became a minister in Mamata Banerjee’s government.