Jailed West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra Friday filed a bail plea in the Alipore District and Sessions court. Mitra, a senior Trinamool Congress leader, was arrested on December 12 in connection with the Saradha scam.
The matter would come up for hearing on February 11 on completion of the statutory period of 60 days within which the prosecution would have to file the chargesheet. At present, Mitra is lodged in the Alipore Correctional Home.
Two days back, the same court had granted bail to another accused in the Saradha scam, Srinjoy Bose, on the grounds that even after completion of 60 days in custody, no chargesheet was filed against him by the CBI. Meanwhile, former Union minister Matang Sinh, who was also arrested by the CBI in connection with the Saradha scam, failed to appear before the Alipore court today citing bad health.
Sinh, who was discharged from the state-run SSKM hospital and sent to jail custody Wednesday, was to appear before the court today as he was remanded in jail custody on “paper production” by the CBI, a day after his arrest on February 1.
Sources said the aides of Sinh, who was recently arrested by CBI in this case, will be questioned about the transactions made by the former Minister of State for Home and their role in his businesses. Sinh allegedly received a payment of Rs 28 crore from the defunct group in return of starting a new business venture.
Sinh, who was arrested by the Special Investigation Team of CBI in Kolkata, was charged with criminal conspiracy, cheating and misappropriation of funds related to Saradha Realty, one of the companies of the group which is being probed by the agency, CBI sources said.
The former Congress MP had allegedly been using the name of the senior bureaucrat to get deals settled and getting work done, they said.
They said now his questioning may throw some links with the senior bureaucrat who has resigned after the controversy.
ED had already questioned Sinh last year and during his recording of statement he had told the agency that he has committed to return the said amount for the benefit of the cheated depositors.
CBI has already charge sheeted Sinh in a loan default case in February 2013 where he allegedly did not repay Rs 67 crore loan taken from Canara Bank for floating M-3 Channel.