Transport minister Madan Mitra’s release on bail has come as a ray of hope for many other accused still languishing behind bars in connection with the multi-crore-rupee Saradha chit fund scam. They include Saradha group boss Sudipta Sen, former Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha member Kunal Ghosh and Sudipta’s close confidante Debjani Mukherjee.
“If justice prevails, then everyone should get bail,” Biplab Goswami, the lawyer of Sandhir Agarwal and Shibnarayan Das, who too were granted bail along with Mitra by Justice Partha Das on Saturday, told HT on Sunday.
Naresh Balodia, the advocate of Sudipta Sen, is also behind bars as an accused in the scam. He was booked on December 12 last year, the day Mitra was arrested.
“Although the CBI arrested Mitra and my client on the same day, the minister was in judicial custody for 11 months… he is a powerful and influential man… but my client suffered because he is not that powerful. We will appeal for bail on the next date of hearing,” Sanjay Dasgupta, Balodia’s lawyer, said.
Even Mitra’s lawyers are hopeful about the other accused in the scam. Ashok Mukherkjee, Mitra’s lawyer, said, “Anybody can get bail as the first chargesheet has already been filed. There is no major evidence against any of the accused. Moreover, granting bail does not mean that the case is over.”
Support for Kunal Ghosh came in from state Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury as well. “If Madan Mitra can get bail in the Saradha case, Kunal has every right to get bail,” Chowdhury said. Ghosh, who has been slapped with several cases by the state police, has got bail in all cases except one.