After having interrogated state transport minister Madan Mitra, the CBI is certain the minister shared the Saradha scam money with his party.
On Friday the transport minister hinted to the CBI that the money taken from the Saradha chairman also reached ‘others’. “Please inquire who received money from me,” a frustrated Mitra told the CBI investigators, according to a CBI source.
During interrogation on Friday, Mitra was calm and denied almost all delegations made against him by the likes of Sudipta Sen, Debjani Mukherjee, Saradha employees Sidip Ghosh Dastidar, Ajitesh Banerjee and two drivers of Saradha.
However, his resistance began to fade when he was shown call details of his and Sudipta Sen’s mobile phone call list where it was found that both of them had long conversations while Sudipta Sen was on the run in April last year.
The CBI grilled him about the whereabouts of the money he had taken from the Saradha owner and played the recorded conversation — which was regarding a demand for money. “Then he became silent for few seconds and broke down,” said the CBI officers.
Following Mitra’s arrest, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee announced her solidarity for her colleague and declared that the party would be with him.
The opposition however interpreted her decision as one of came out of fear of being exposed by Madan Mitra before the CBI.