The CBI Tuesday moved the Calcutta High Court challenging the bail granted by a local court to former Trinamool Congress Minister Madan Mitra, an accused in the multi-crore Saradha scam. The Alipore Sessions Court had, on September 9, granted bail to Mitra, after he spent over 21 months in prison in connection with the chit fund scam. The matter is likely to be taken up by the High Court later this week.
In its 25-page petition, the CBI has challenged the bail on the ground that Mitra was still an “influential” person and “an inseparable part” of the ruling party in the state, despite not being a minister or an MLA at present and thus, him being out on bail could affect the witnesses in the case. Terming the order by which the bail was granted to Mitra as “erroneous”, the CBI has referred to the trial court’s order dismissing the TMC leader’s bail application in the past.
Meanwhile, in the evening, when CBI officials, went to hand over a copy of the petition to Mitra at the Elgin Road’s hotel where he is staying, his supporters didn’t allow them to meet him. Alipore Sessions Court judge Uttam Kumar Nandy had, on Friday last, granted the relief to Mitra on a bail bond and surety of Rs 15 lakh each, rejecting the CBI’s opposition. Imposing conditions on his bail, the court had directed Mitra to appear before the CBI investigating officer once a week, surrender his passport and not to leave Bhowanipore police station limits.
The former minister has been charged under sections 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant), 420 (cheating) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC. Mitra’s counsel had pleaded for bail contending that he was no longer an influential person since he was neither a minister nor an MLA, nor was he holding any party post now. He had also alleged that the CBI was delaying the investigation and as such, Mitra should be granted bail.
Mitra, meanwhile, stepped out of the hotel for the first time on Tuesday and visited a local Hanuman temple. Contacted, Mitra claimed that he was no more an influential leader. “I am not influential. I have lost everything. I am just a family man now and influential only to my immediate family members. I have been keeping unwell and I have turned weaker than even a common man,” Mitra told The Indian Express.