KOLKATA: The Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal on Friday received a huge blow as the CBI probing the multi-crore Saradha scam arrested transport minister Madan Mitra for his alleged involvement in the scandal even as the Opposition demanded the immediate resignation of Banerjee and her arrest as well.
Mitra, who has been evading the CBI for the last three weeks by taking refuge in hospitals, arrived at the CGO complex at Salt Lake here at 10.55 am and immediately senior agency officials started interrogating him. Mitra was confronted with evidence collected over the last three months and video clips. The CBI officials asked him about receiving huge funds from Saradha group chairman, Sudipto Sen, when he visited the Midland Park office several times and showed footage of him praising Sen at a meeting of agents and depositors. During the first session of interrogation, which lasted three hours, Mitra evaded specific questions and his explanations were not satisfactory.