Sources in ED said Mitra refused to recognise Narada News CEO Mathew Samuel, who, while posing as a businessman, had allegedly paid money to 12 TMC leaders in lieu of favours in 2014.
“I have received a copy of the order,” Ghosh told The Indian Express. The Saradha ponzi scam broke out in 2013, when the umbrella group of around 200 companies failed to pay its investors.
The CBI had registered the case on June 4, 2014, in accordance with a Supreme Court order dated May 9, 2014, against then chairman and managing director of Saradha Group, Sudipta Sen, and others under penal provisions pertaining to criminal conspiracy, cheating and other offences.
He also took pot-shots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
What has surprised many is the promptness with which the TMC disciplinary committee acted after Panda’s last round of interrogation by the CBI on Monday.
Later in the day, the TMC, citing its “cooperation” with the investigation, relieved Panda from all posts.
Mitra is the fourth senior Trinamool leader arrested in the scam, after Rajya Sabha MP Srinjoy Bose, suspended MP Kunal Ghosh and Rajat Majumdar.
The resignation came just hours after CBI pleaded before the Calcutta High Court to cancel Mitra’s bail citing that he is still functioning as a cabinet minister in the state government.
In jail in connection with the Saradha scam case, Ghosh has accused the CBI of conducting an unfair investigation.
“This gentleman is a highly connected person,” a bench, comprising Justices T S Thakur and V Gopala Gowda, also said, observing that Sinh was not entitled for bail at this stage.
Despite being granted bail on Saturday – after 322 days in custody – Mitra had indicated that he wanted to be in the hospital for a few more days.
Manoranjana is accused of allegedly taking money from Saradha group chairman Sudipta Sen, misappropriation of funds, cheating and criminal conspiracy.
A series of ponzi schemes, many of which were linked to plantation schemes, including teak plantations, promised investors very attractive returns.
Mitra’s lawyers opposed the move saying that the minister was severely sick and that the central agency had questioned him on January 20, but found no fresh evidence against him.
Sibal had even pleaded that his client was ready to step down as a minister as a condition for bail. However, the bench was not convinced.