TMC general secretary Mukul Roy returned to Delhi on Thursday within 24 hours, without appearing before the CBI in Kolkata in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam. Party sources said Roy had a stormy meeting with TMC chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata before sending a letter to the probe agency seeking 15 days for appearing before it.
Banerjee was reportedly upset with Roy after some of his statements appeared in the media where he seemed to have confirmed several meetings with jailed Saradha boss Sudipta Sen, including the one at Kalimpong’s Delo bungalow that allegedly took place in the CM’s presence. Roy has denied making such statements. On Thursday, Roy was accompanied by state law minister Chandrima Bhattacharya when he arrived in Delhi, but said the minister has come for her “own work”.
Roy reached Kolkata on Wednesday and met the CM. During the meeting, Roy denied making any such statement.
The TMC leader said he came to Delhi to meet the Election Commission officials. Sources said Roy’s actual reason for coming to Delhi might be to engineer some sort of legal intervention in the Supreme Court in the Saradha case. “Last time I was in Delhi, I had said that I would go to CBI once I returned, but then poll dates were announced… So I will be busy for a few days,” he said. He also said that much should not be read into reports of him talking to senior BJP leaders for reprieve in the case.