Fallen Trinamool No. 2 Mukul Roy, on Tuesday, sent an email to the CBI informing the sleuths that he was no more the national general secretary of the party.
The missive followed a day after the agency issued a notice to the state Trinamool headquarters, seeking information on who bought the paintings of party chief Mamata Banerjee, in addition to details of donations and advertisements to party fronts and mouthpieces between 2010 and 2014.
Already rendered a sideshow in the Trinamool ranks, Mukul was stripped off the post of national general secretary on February 28.
The Trinamool Rajya Sabha member informed as much to the sleuths in his email on Tuesday.
The CBI’s notice was in connection with the ongoing probe into the Saradha chit fund scam case and was addressed to the party’s ‘All-India general secretary Mukul Roy.’ The addressee was asked to appear at the CBI’s CGO Complex office in Salt Lake on March 10.
“As I am no more the national general secretary of the party, I do not have access to those documents,” Roy wrote in his email to the CBI.
Senior MP Subrata Bakshi replaced Mukul in the post.
The CBI is to send another email to Roy, asking the name of his successor in the post. After the receipt of Mukul’s reply to the same, the CBI could likely summon Bakshi and ask him to shed light on their queries in the Saradha case.
The CBI notice has yet again turned the spotlight back on the chief minister in the Saradha case. Even in the run up to the last Lok Sabha polls, Narendra Modi, then the BJP’s PM face, called for more clarity on who bought Mamata’s paintings for staggering amounts. He even quoted a figure of Rs. 1.80 lakh, which he claimed was the amount shelled out for a single canvas. He then dropped broad hints that Saradha money was used to buy her paintings.
Over the past few years, the Trinamool chief held as many as four exhibitions of her paintings in the city. Piqued by the alleged Saradha link to the sale of her paintings, Mamata even went on record claiming she sold her artworks to raise money for running her party.
It was alleged that owners of chit fund firms reached into their deep pockets to buy Mamata’s paintings and they fetched a good deal more than canvas works of even top names in the art world.