Kolkata: Opposition parties in West Bengal on Thursday hailed the cancellation of the bail to Trinamool Congress leader Madan Mitra, who is an accused in the Saradha chit fund scam, even as the ruling party declined to comment on the development.
CPI(M) state secretary and Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly, Surjya Kanta Mishra, said, "The state and the central governments have to ensure that the looted, hard- earned money of the common man in the Saradha scam is returned to them at the earliest.
"Mitra may lose his ministry and bail, but the real point is the return of the looted money to the common people who were cheated in the Saradha scam."
BJP secretary Siddharth Nath Singh said that CBI appealing for the cancellation of Mitra's bail proves that there has been no "match-fixing" between TMC and BJP as has been alleged by other opposition parties.
"The opposition has been alleging that there is an 'under- the-wraps' (sic) friendship between BJP and TMC. But the truth has come out today. It is the victory of the truth," he said.
Congress leader Abdul Mannan said that today's verdict in Calcutta Hight Court proves that "those who have committed a crime will have to pay for their sins".
"Those who have looted the money of poor people, need to return the money," he added.
Meanwhile, reacting to the cancellation of Mitra's bail, TMC leader and state urban development minister Firhad Hakim said, "We don't want to make any comment as the matter is sub judice."