KOLKATA: The CBI on Tuesday issued a second notice to state Transport Minister Madan Mitra asking him to appear before the agency for interrogation in connection with the multi-crore Saradha scam.
The agency had summoned him in November, but the minister failed to appear citing ill health. He was admitted to a private nursing home and then shifted to the state-run SSKM Hospital. He was discharged after a medical board examined him. The CBI had questioned Mitra’s ex-assistant twice and has footage of the minister attending functions with Saradha Group chairman Sudipto Sen, who was arrested in April last.
Mitra is president of Saradha Group’s employees’ union. Sources said Mitra had told the sleuths over telephone that he would inform them about the day he would visit the CBI Office at the CGO Complex at Salt Lake here.
West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee had given a clean chit to Mitra saying, “No one from our party has taken a single rupee from Saradha.” TMC MPs Kunal Ghosh and Srinjoy Bose are behind bars over their alleged involvement in the Saradha scam, while several TMC MPs and state Textiles Minister Shyamapada Mukherjee have been questioned by intelligence agencies in connection with the scam.