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CPI(M) expels Tripura leader over bed-of-cash video

In an expected decision, the CPI(M) today suspended Samar Acharjee, the Tripura CPI(M) leader, whose video showing him sleeping on bundles of notes came out in open few days ago. The party said that Acharjee has been expelled from the party for "immoral work" and bringing bad repute to the party.

Talking to reporters, Subrata Chakraborty, Secretary of Dukli Divisional Committee said that the party has decided to suspend Acharjee, member of Bankumari Local Committee, for immoral work, tarnishing the image of the party and earning money by illegal means.

He added that this issue was discussed at length during the meeting of Dukli Divisional Committee. The video showing Acharjee, a contractor by profession, lying on bundles of currency notes was shown on television on Thursday.

In the footage, Acharjee was heard as saying, "I have withdrawn Rs 20 lakh from my bank account and fulfilled my long-cherished dream of sleeping on a bed of money." "I am not a hypocrite like other party members who depict themselves as proletariat, yet have a huge amount of money," the CPI(M) leader said in the footage.

Chakraborty said that the party took cognizance of the matter on October 10 and a notice was served to Acharjee by the divisional committee, seeking explanation from him for indulging in such act. On his part, Acharjee tried to defend himself by replying to the notice but his answers were not found satisfactory by the party and he was ultimately punished for this act.