After being given 14-day judicial custody on Friday, it seemed that state transport and sports minister Madan Mitra would spend Christmas and New Year in Alipore Jail. But that later became uncertain after the minister complained of chest pain and was immediately rushed to SSKM Hospital.
Efforts of the Trinamool Congress supporters and the battery of lawyers, who fought for Mitra’s bail, failed to yield the desired results.
The CBI’s counsel said that hundreds of Mitra’s supporters lined up shouting slogans when he was brought to court and many lawyers claimed that the entire bar was ready to pay for the bail bond for his release.
“You have seen Trinamool Congress supporters outside court and the lawyers here. This is enough to prove how influential Mitra is. Mitra is a politician with high power. If he is granted bail, he would try to tamper with the evidence and influence the investigation,” Partha Sarathi Dutta, CBI’s advocate, told the court on Friday. Additional chief judicial magistrate Haradhan Mukherjee sent Mitra to 14 days judicial custody as urged by the CBI’s counsel. Mitra is supposed to be lodged in Alipore Correctional Home till January 2, 2015.
The court also directed the jail authorities to provide medical assistance to Mitra if and when required after Mitra’s counsel told the court that he was suffering from sleep apnea, high cholesterol and blood sugar, among others.
Mitra, who was till date in police custody, and had to face the CBI interrogation for long hours since almost 6.30 in the morning, heaved a sigh of relief. He smiled and even interacted with close friends and family members after the order came.
“Now, he may expect better treatment and food from home. It is better than CBI custody,” a lawyer told his colleague inside the court room explaining why Mitra looked happier.
The CBI had on December 16 urged the court to allow them to record Mitra’s voice sample for corroborating some digital documents that they have come across. But the court then had rejected the plea.
“On Thursday, a CBI officer forcibly wanted to record my voice. When I denied permission saying the court has not granted the nod, he told me that I would be going against the Supreme Court if I did not give the voice sample,” said Mitra, who has been accusing the agency of forcing him to name chief minister Mamata Banerjee in the scam.