FORMER MINISTER and Trinamool Congress leader Madan Mitra, accused in the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam, was on Sunday discharged from SSKM Hospital and sent back to Alipore Central Jail after the doctors declared him “fine”. He was admitted to SSKM on April 26 after he complained of chest pain and breathlessness.
While walking out of the hospital in a yellow kurta, Mitra said “his whole life was a jail” and he was only being shifted from one to another. “I will again appeal to the court to take a look in my case. Several people have been questioned by the CBI in this case but all have been released. I am the only person who has been in jail for 18 months. I have cooperated with them (CBI) every time they wanted to question me,” he told mediapersons. “I am no longer an influential person. All those (days) are prakton (of the past),” he added.
Mitra was denied bail in the Saradha case on the ground that he was a minister and could influence witnesses. He, however, resigned as the sports and transport minister and later on was pitched as the Trinamool candidate from Kamarhati in the recently concluded Assembly elections. He lost to CPM’s Manas Mukherjee by a margin of 4,198 votes.
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Mitra was also purportedly seen accepting money for consideration in the Narada sting operation. Asked about Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s decision to probe the sting episode, he said: “It is an apt move. Whether the CM is right or wrong has been answered by crores of people who had voted for her and given her a huge mandate of 211 seats… She has always taken right decisions… The Opposition parties wanted an investigation and it has been ordered, so what is the problem?” he asked.
On Narada News chief Mathew Samuel, Mitra said: “I don’t know his name and have not met him in my life. Why does he make a counter statement every time Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee says something? Does he want to contest the election or want to become a Rajya Sabha MP?”