Kolkata: A city court On Monday turned down the bail plea of senior Trinamool Congress leader Madan Mitra and an accused in the Saradha chit fund scam case and extended his judicial custody till July 25.
Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Sougata Roy Chowdhury passed the order after Mitra’s counsel pressed for bail stating that the former state minister has been in jail for the last 19 months but there was no progress in the investigation by Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI) into the case.
Stating that Mitra’s detention was “only for the sake of detention”, his counsel also pointed out that five supplementary charge sheets have been so far been filed in connection with the scam but none had a single line on the TMC leader’s role in it.
In the bail plea, his counsel also stressed that Mitra was currently like any common man because he was no more a minister, did not hold any post in the cabinet nor in TMC and thus he could not be an “influential person” as labelled by the central agency.
The CBI counsel opposed the bail plea saying that there was no change in the circumstances and the investigation was “still in the process”.