Kolkata: After days of lying low since allegation surfaced about his association with the tainted Saradha group, West Bengal transport minister Madan Mitra on Tuesday came out in self-defence, claiming he had not done anything wrong.
Mitra's self-defence came a day after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee gave him a clean chit.
"I do not think that I have done anything wrong as some are trying to drag my name in the Saradha episode," Mitra told a private channel today.
Asked whether he was getting mental strength after Banerjee gave him a clean chit yesterday during a party meeting, Mitra said, "It seems that in the last 30 years, the Trinamool supremo had given him a "dark chit".
The chief minister in a party meeting yesterday said, "Today names of Mukul (Roy) and Madan (Mitra) are being dragged into disrepute. Tomorrow your names will be dragged. We have not taken any money from Saradha chit fund. Attempts are being made to tarnish the party's image."
"I have always held my head high in front of the public and my chief minister considers that I am clean and clear as rays of the sun," he said.
Mitra's name was repeatedly linked with the Saradha Group which siphoned off crores of depositors' money -- a scam now being probed concurrently by the CBI and ED.