Kolkata: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday interrogated West Bengal transport minister Madan Mitra in connection with the multi-crore Saradha chitfund scam. However the interrogation could not last beyond half an hour as Madan fell ill and the sleuths had to call off the session.
The CBI team quizzed Mitra at the state-run SSKM Hospital’s Woodburn ward where the minister is admitted for more than past six months. It was learnt the CBI team came with a 25-point questionnaire to grill the ailing minister. The questions were prepared by the investigation team to interrogate Mitra as it found some fresh leads in the course of Saradha probe.
CBI had grilled Madan earlier on Thursday, where the minister is reported to have ducked many a question put forward by the agency. The medical board of the SSKM Hospital had earlier said that Mitra is fine and can face CBI interrogation. According to sources, the CBI team interrogated the minister at the medical ward in the presence of Mitra’s legal counsel.
The minister was denied bail by the Calcutta High Court division bench, comprising Justice Nishita Matre and Justice Asha Arora, in the first week of August. The division bench had rejected the bail petition, moved by Former union minister and senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, on the grounds that it might hamper the process of ongoing Supreme Court-monitored CBI probe in connection with the ponzi scam.
Mitra has been occupying a special cabin at the state-run SSKM Hospital’ Woodburn ward for past six months which, according to law practitioners, has impacted the courts order of not issuing bail to him. Mitra was arrested in December last year by the CBI.