Ex-Bengal minister Madan Mitra discharged from hospital, sent back to jail

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Kolkata: Former West Bengal minister Madan Mitra, accused in the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam, was discharged from hospital on Sunday and sent back to Alipore Jail after the doctors declared him “fine”.

Mitra, lodged in the jail in connection with the Saradha scam, was shifted to the SSKM Hospital on the night of April 26, a few days before his constituency Kamarhati went to polls, as he had complained of chest pain and breathlessness.

While coming out of the hospital Mitra said, “I will again appeal to the court to have a look in my case. There are several people questioned by the CBI in this case but all have been released. I am the only person who is jailed for so long. I have cooperated with them (CBI) every time they wanted to question me.”

The Trinamool Congress leader was arrested by the CBI in December 2014.

He lost his seat to Communist Party of India (Marxist) candidate Manas Mukherjee by over 4,000 votes in the West Bengal Assembly polls.

Mitra was purportedly seen accepting money for consideration in the Narada sting operation.

Asked if Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s decision to initiate a probe into the Narada sting operation was right or not, Mr Mitra said, “I am nobody to judge nor I have the audacity to say whether the chief minister is right or wrong. She has always taken right decisions.”

“And everybody wanted an investigation in Narada case and now that she has ordered it. Let’s wait for the truth to come out,” he said.

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