Kolkata: The bail plea hearing of Madan Mitra will be held on August 6 at the Calcutta High Court.The date was fixed on Monday by the Division Bench of Justice Nishita Mhatre and Justice Asha Arora of Calcutta High Court.The court gave the direction after Mitra’s counsel prayed for time and the CBI counsel too followed with a prayer to adjourn the matter.
Mitra was arrested by the CBI on 12 December last year on charges of conspiracy and misappropriation of funds in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam. Although presently he is in judicial custody, he has been lodged in the SSKM hospital for health reasons.The bail petition was originally scheduled to be heard before Justice Mhatre but the minister’s counsel appealed for hearing of the matter in a lower court.
Mitra is the first minister and third major leader of Trinamool Congress to be arrested in the scam, in which lakhs of people were cheated out of their life savings. Trinamool MPs Srinjoy Bose and Kunal Ghosh were earlier arrested in the multicrore scam. Rajat Majumdar,a former police officer and Trinamul Congress, vice-president,was also arrested in August.