INTRO: The CBI arrests Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha member Srinjoy Bose in connection with the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Srinjoy Bose was today arrested by CBI after a marathon interrogation for five hours for his alleged involvement in the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam.
The central agency also quizzed West Bengal Textiles Minister Shyamapada Mukherjee in connection with sale of shares of a cement plant to Saradha Group chief Sudipto Sen, and former Trinamool Congress MP Somen Mitra during the day.
CBI sources said that Bose would be produced before the Alipore court tomorrow. Bose, owner of a Bengali daily and who was asked to appear before the CBI officials, deposed before the sleuths in the morning and was interrogated for his business dealing with Sen.
A CBI spokesperson told PTI that Bose was arrested "for his prima facie involvement in the Saradha realty case and for allegations of criminal conspiracy, misappropriation of funds and deriving undue financial benefits". All the Trinamool three leaders made consecutive appearances during the day.
Bose is among eight prominent persons arrested by CBI in the Saradha case. The others arrested are Sen, his aide Debjani Mukherjee, suspended Trinamool MP Kunal Ghosh, ex-West Bengal Police DG Rajat Majumdar, Assamese singer Sadananda Gogoi, East Bengal club official Debabrata Sarkar and businessman Sandhir Agarwal, all of whom have been named in a charge sheet by the investigating agency.
Meanwhile, state Transport Minister Madan Mitra, who had been also served summons, was being admitted to state-run SSKM hospital after a brief stay at the private clinic in the city complaining of breathlessness.
The hospital had also formed a medical board to diagnose Mitra's 'medical complications'. On arriving at the CBI office, Bose told reporters that he had come as a witness and that he was not worried because he did not commit anything wrong.