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Former West Bengal cabinet minister and TMC heavyweight Madan Mitra was granted bail by Kolkata’s Alipore court Friday. Mitra was chargesheeted by the CBI and arrested on December 12, 2014 in the Saradha chit fund scam.
In jail for 21 months, Mitra was finally granted bail after he submitted a bond of Rs 30 lakh. The court had also asked him to submit his passport and present himself before the local CBI office weekly. Mitra’s lawyer Gopal Halder said, “He has been granted an interim bail after it was argued upon that he wasn’t an ordinary person. He has been in custody for 634 days, so there is no problem if he’s released now on bail.” The CBI has repeatedly opposed the bail plea, saying that as an influential political leader, he could influence the course of the probe.