On August 6, CBI had in a sealed cover handed over to the Calcutta high court the status of probe against Madan Mitra in Ponzi cases other than Saradha where he was involved. It is this they want to harp on when the Mitra’s bail cancellation plea comes up before the same HC bench on November 17.
Mitra, who is now out from a private hospital might find it difficult during house arrest as Central agencies have planned to interrogate him in non-Saradha cases. The agencies are also dissecting deposition of more than 14 witnesses who gave crucial links of Mitra with the Ponzi firms including Saradha, Rose Valley, Icore and ASSDA.
According to sources in CBI, the supplementary chargesheet in the Saradha muddle, likely to be filed by end Novemeber will detail his role in the ‘larger conspiracy’. Moreover, the agency might focus on his role when his bail petition comes for a hearing on November 17 at the Calcutta High Court. The agencies have so far taken deposition of more than14 persons in connection to Madan Mitra’s involvement in Saradha muddle. According to CBI sources, four agents and investors have claimed that they were convinced about Saradha’s credentials after they saw Mitra’s name on the display boards.
SN Das, a Malda based agent had lodged an FIR against the Saradha Group. In his statement Das has claimed that he gained confidence about the group after he saw Mitra’s name as president of Saradha Employees’ Progressive Union. Das, who claimed that several display boards were hung at the Midland Park office, was noticed by every agent and investor. “Mitra, who often visited the Midland Park office, must have noticed it. Despite that Saradha group continued to flaunt his association. It shows that the minister never objected to it” said a CBI official.
Another agent from Malda J Saha said that he had been present at the meeting at the Netaji Indoor Stadium. In its report Serious Fraud Investigation Office also claimed that Mitra had been found deliberating at the meeting in front of several investigators. But the investigating agencies have found deposition of Sudipta Sen’s driver Shambhu Shaw and receptionist R Lahiri’s statements to be most crucial while framing charges against him. In her statement Lahiri had told the investigators that Mitra was seen visiting the Midland Park office at late night. The statement was later corroborated by Sudipta’s cook Hemanta Pradhan. According to investigators, Saradha group’s peon Bimal Giri had also confirmed that the minister used to go to the Midland Park office and meet Sudipta.
Earlier in its chargesheet CBI had said that Mitra was provided car by the Ponzi boss before state assembly election in 2011. Sudipta’s driver Shambhu had claimed that Mitra’s fuel expenses before election were borne by the Saradha group. Investigators also came to know that Sudipta had given him cars taken from a travel agency.
The 564-page report of Serious Fraud Investigation Office in the Saradha case has also noted Mitra and a former police official’s name who had roles in ‘abetment in commission of offence’. In its note regarding role of Mitra and the police official, SFIO noted that it has got hold of a few pictures in which Mitra and the officer were seen as attending programmes organised by Saradha Group companies.