SUSPENDED TRINAMOOL Congress leader Kunal Ghosh, jailed in connection with the Saradha scam case, was on Friday released from Presidency Jail. He was granted interim bail till November 11 by the Calcutta High Court on Wednesday.
Ghosh, who was released around 10.30 am, said: “This is the best time to get bail. I will be able to meet my mother and Maa Durga both.” A division bench comprising Justice Ashim Kumar Roy and Justice M M Banerjee had granted him bail till November 11 on a bail bond of Rs 2 lakh and two sureties of Rs 1 lakh each.
Like former minister Madan Mitra, another accused in the scam, Ghosh too was granted bail on the condition that he won’t leave Narkeldanga area in Kolkata. According to the court order, Ghosh would not be able to leave the jurisdiction of Narkeldanga police station, except for attending court proceedings or meeting investigating officers of the CBI.
He has also been ordered to meet the investigating officer of the case once a week. Ghosh, who had spent more than two years in police custody, was the group CEO of Saradha Media — the group’s media wing — when he was arrested. He was reportedly paid Rs 15 lakh a month as salary, besides Rs 1.50 lakh as allowances.