New Delhi, Aug 6: The Calcutta High Court has rejected a bail plea filed by Madan Mitra, transport minister of West Bengal and an accused in the Saradha scam. Mitra had moved the High Court seeking bail after his plea was rejected by a lower court.
The bail was rejected by the court in the wake of ongoing investigations into the multi crore Saradha scam being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation.
Moreover, Mitra is a very powerful person and him being granted bail could well hamper the investigation process, the investigating agency had also contended. A bench comprising Justice Nishit Mahtre and Asha Arora heard the bail plea filed by Mitra.
The bail plea hearing:
Mitra who was arrested in December 2014 had moved the courts seeking bail several times. However all his pleas were rejected in the lower courts following which he moved the High Court of Calcutta.
Three Judges hearing the plea at first had recused themselves on personal grounds.
The CBI in its objections stated that he is a very influential man. Now with the bail plea rejected, Mitra is likely to move the Supreme Court of India.