‘Mamata mess’ in Saradha scam on; 2nd TMC MP held
Bose, who also owns the popular Bengali daily \'Pratidin\', once employed the suspended Trinamool Rajya Sabha MP Kunal Ghosh, now behind bars for his alleged role in the Saradha scam, as editor of the newspaper.
Kolkata: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday arrested Trinamool Congress (TMC) Rajya Sabha MP and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee's key aide Srinjoy Bose in connection with the multi-crore Saradha scam, sources said on Friday.
"He has been arrested in connection with the Saradha scam," a CBI official told reporters here.
Bose, who also owns the popular Bengali daily 'Pratidin', once employed the suspended Trinamool Rajya Sabha MP Kunal Ghosh, now behind bars for his alleged role in the Saradha scam, as editor of the newspaper.
The special crime branch of the CBI had earlier too questioned the Trinamool Congress MP.
Earlier in the day, West Bengal Textile Minister Shyamapada Mukherjee, Trinamool Congress MP Srinjoy Bose and Congress leader Somen Mitra appeared before the CBI in connection with the case.
Till now, several TMC leaders have been arrested and interrogated by the CBI in connection with the scam.
With the CBI summoning West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra and Trinamool Congress MP Srinjoy Bose, the opposition BJP and the Congress on Wednesday had said that more names from the ruling party would be interrogated in the multi-crore-rupee Saradha scam.
However, the Trinamool sought to defend it's leaders by claiming that summons by the CBI did not tantamount to being guilty.
TMC accused the NDA government of using CBI as a tool to settle political scores and threatened that the party would hit the streets to protest against the 'vindictive' attitude of the BJP and the probe agency.
Stepping up attack on Mamata after the arrest of Srinjoy, BJP said the Chief Minister should start writing her resignation as she cannot remain in denial and has to answer the lakhs of poor investors who became victims of Saradha chit fund scam, BJP national secretary Siddharth Nath Singh Singh said.
"This arrest proves what we have been saying for too long that Trinamool Congress leadership is involved in Saradha scam. No one can evade law. Those who are getting admission in hospital to evade CBI questioning should cooperate with CBI," state Congress president Adhir Chowdhury said.
State opposition leader Surya Kanta Mishra too hailed the arrest and questioned why the CBI was taking so long to wrap up the case.