Trinamool Congress General Secretary Mukul Roy, who has been summoned by the CBI in connection with the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam, on Sunday said he has never been involved in any immoral act, either politically or personally, in his life.
“I am Mukul Roy and want to tell you one thing very clearly, that never in my life, neither in my capacity as a party official nor as an individual, have I indulged in any immoral act. This will be crystal clear to everybody in a day or two,’’ Roy said in front of a small crowd at the Ironside Club Ground in Bongaon — 90 km from Kolkata. He was addressing party workers ahead of the February 13 bypoll in Bongaon Lok Sabha constituency.
The bypoll follows the death of Trinamool MP Kapilkrishna Thakur. The party has fielded his wife Mamatabala Thakur as its candidate. The late MP’s brother and Trinamool minister Manjul Krishna Thakur had recently defected and joined the BJP with his son. The former minister’s son Subrata is BJP’s candidate for the seat.
Roy said he would leave for Delhi this evening for “party work”, having returned from Delhi only on Saturday. “Today, I took part in the campaign for the Bongaon bypoll. I will fly to Delhi this evening for party work,” said Roy, who is likely to move Supreme Court on Monday seeking a court-monitored CBI probe into the Saradha scam.
Roy, who was served a notice by the CBI to appear before it last week, but sought time saying he was busy with election work, said Bengal was progressing fast under the leadership of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
“In every field, be it literature or industries, the state is moving ahead fast. During the last four years, the state has not witnessed a single incident of communal violence. Even crime rate in our state is very low. This bears testimony to the good governance being provided by the Trinamool Congress,’’ he added.
Roy, who came to Bongaon around 1 pm, waited for about two hours at the party office to ensure that the ground — which has a capacity to hold around 1,000 people — was more or less full. He finally addressed the crowd for 10 minutes at 3.30 pm.