Saradha scam: Madan Mitra is very exhausted, says SSKM director
The director of the state-run SSKM hospital, where West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra, who was served with a CBI summons for interrogation in the Saradha case was admitted, said on Saturday that he cannot say if Mitra could withstand the rigour of questioning.
Kolkata: The director of the state-run SSKM hospital, where West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra, who was served with a CBI summons for interrogation in the Saradha case was admitted, said on Saturday that he cannot say if Mitra could withstand the rigour of questioning.
"I met him and he is very exhausted due to various medical tests. He is in a position to speak, but taking the strain of interrogation is very different," Pradip Mitra, SSKM director, said.
"Only the doctors could say that once medical reports are received. I cannot say that," Mitra said.
Mitra was admitted to SSKM Hospital on Thursday, after he complained of shortness of breath.
The minister was earlier admitted to the private multi-speciality Belle Vue clinic from where he was discharged before being shifted to the SSKM Hospital.
The special crime branch of CBI, probing the Saradha chit fund scam case, has already served summons to Mitra to appear before the agency officials for interrogation.
Besides Mitra, CBI had also served summon to TMC Rajya Sabha MP Srinjoy Bose, who was finally arrested yesterday. A local court here today extended Bose's custody till November 26.
Another Trinamool Rajya Sabha member Kunal Ghosh, who headed Saradha's media arm, was arrested by police before the Supreme Court directed the CBI to take up the probe.
Besides the CBI, Bose has earlier been grilled by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) which too are probing the scam.
Earlier in the day, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee launched a blistering attack against the Modi government, accusing it of "selective vendetta" against her and the party and dared the Centre to impose President's rule and arrest her.
"Amake jail-e pathak, dekhe nebo (Let them send me to jail, I will see to it. I will see how big a jail is there,? Banerjee said addressing a party meeting here attended by MPs, ministers and MLAs.
"If we are hit, we will retaliate. We accept all challenges," Banerjee, chief of the Trinamool Congress, said.
She told party workers not to 'fear the BJP', asking them to unite against the conspiracies of the ruling party.
Daring the Centre to impose President's rule in the state, she said, "I challenge them to impose President's rule. We will reply through ballots. We are not slaves of power. We only work for people. We will organise protest against selective vendetta against us."
"They want to silence all voices of dissent. Even Sonia Gandhi is not opening out. They are afraid of me, hence they are engaging in conspiracies," Banerjee said.
She reminded the gathering that her party would not engage in petty politics, carry on with their development agenda and work for the people. "Running a nation is no mean feat. The leader is someone who can take all the people along with him," Mamata said.
Alleging there was unrest in the country after BJP came to power, she said, "they have instigated riots across India in the last few months - from Gujarat to Maharashtra. Even Delhi was not spared. BJP came to power with just 31 per cent of votes. 69 per cent people of India do not support them."
She alleged that the BJP had bought the media before the elections and a section of them was acting in the party's interest. A section of the media, she alleged further, was acting to serve the interest of the BJP and engaged in "all sorts of canards" against her party and the government in a bid to discredit it.
The Saradha scandal came to light in April last year. The company closed shop across Bengal after being unable to pay back the depositors -- mainly poor people who, lured by the promise of huge returns, parked their life's savings with the firm.
(With Agency inputs)