Jitters in Trinamool, revolt in Cong
Trinamool Congress general-secretary Mukul Roy was on Friday questioned by the CBI for close to five hours in connection with the multicrore-rupee Saradha scam, after which he said truth must come out and that justice should not be denied to the poor who parked their money in the company.kolkata Updated: Jan 31, 2015 12:56 IST
Talking to reporters after the questioning, Roy said he would cooperate with the probe agency. Interestingly, not even once did he describe the probe an act of political vendetta as is regularly done by his party chief. Instead, Roy said he wanted the CBI to find out the ‘real culprits’ behind the scam.
“If they summon me again, I will definitely come. They are doing their job. I want the truth to come out,” Roy said.
Sources said Roy answered all the questions. “He was not at all in denial mode unlike his party colleagues. He voluntarily gave some information which could be termed as ‘breakthrough’ in the investigation. But we need to know some of his answers in detail. CBI officers from Delhi also put some questions through video conferencing. Those, too, were answered by Roy,” an investigator said.
Another section of CBI officers said they kept in mind the case filed by the state and the Trinamool Congress in the Supreme Court in which they alleged that the CBI was working on the BJP’s behalf.
While interrogating Roy, the agency showed no hurry to arrest him. It is taking time to make the case strong, sources said. It has now sought details of the money trail from Roy.
In the morning, he reached the Salt Lake office accompanied by crowd of party supporters.
“I have not done anything immoral,” Roy told journalists before entering the CBI office.
“A lot of money has been looted. If Roy cooperates with the probe and if the process results in the real culprits being nabbed, Roy deserves to be thanked, no matter how involved he is in the process,” Abdul Mannan, the state Congress leader whose PIL resulted in the Supreme Court handing over the probe to the CBI in May 2014.
“He never cried conspiracy and promised to cooperate with the CBI. This is important,” remarked Mannan.
Roy’s interrogation is of immense significance as he has himself admitted to meeting Sen at Delo. Roy also met Sen just before the Sardha chief escaped from Kolkata in April 2013.
First Published: Jan 31, 2015 12:35 IST