The Saradha noose is gradually tightening as the CBI on Tuesday called Minister for Transport, Sports and Youth affairs Madan Mitra for interrogation on November 21 at its office.
The investigation agency, which submitted its second chargesheet on Monday in the Saradha case, has also called another TMC MP and journalist Srinjay Bose for the second time, on the same day. Bose was examined earlier by both CBI and Enforcement Directorate.
While Mitra, who has been admitted at a nursing home for the last three days for ailments like breathlessness, did not take this reporter’s call, Bose sent a text message to The Indian Express which said: “I have been called as a witness on Friday at 11 am and it is my duty as a responsible citizen to co-operate and help them in all respects.’’
According to sources Mitra told the agency that since he was not well he would go to their office some other day.
When reached for comments, Trinamool Congress secretary general and minister for Education Partha Chatterjee said: “I will not make any comment on this.’’
As the names of both Mitra and party general secretary Mukul Roy were doing the rounds as possible targets of the CBI, Mamata had started distancing herself from both of them. While Mitra had not been attending cabinet and party meetings, Roy too was not seen in the party office at the Trinamool Bhavan and it was Partha Chatterjee who was given the sole responsibility of being the party spokesman.
However, things changed better after a meeting of party MLAs and MPs last month in which Mamata gave a clean chit to both, especially Mitra. “I don’t think Madan was a cheat. A conspiracy has been hatched against him,’’ Mamata said.
Which of course boosted the sagging morale of the transport minister and he began to appear in public once again, at government functions and elsewhere.