Saradha Scam: Verdict On Madan Mitra’s Bail Plea Expected Today

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Kolkata: An Alipore court is expected to deliver its verdict on former Trinamool Congress minister Madan Mitra’s bail plea in the Saradha chit fund scam case on Friday having heard arguments from his counsel and the CBI.

Tenth Additional District Judge, Alipore, Uttam Kumar Nandy today reserved his judgment after hearing the lawyers. Mr Mitra’s counsel appealed for his bail, claiming that the former minister was no more influential after losing this year’s Assembly polls.

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The CBI’s counsel objected the bail plea, saying that “(Madan) Mitra still has access to the witnesses in the case and if granted bail he will try to influence them”.

Mr Mitra was arrested on December 12, 2014. Investigation into the ponzi scam, which came to light in 2013, revealed that the Saradha Group had allegedly cheated investors of Rs. 1,200 crore in mainly rural areas, as per an official estimate.

Former Union minister Matang Sinh is among those arrested in the case, while several Trinamool functionaries, including Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s close aide Mukul Roy, have been questioned.

The CBI took over the investigation in June 2014 on following an order of the Supreme Court.

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