Kolkata: Trinamool Congress minister Madan Mitra, who was arrested in the multi-crore Saradha scam, was sent to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) custody till December 16 by Alipore court on Saturday.
The central investigative agency arrested the Bengal Minister and a close aide of Chief MInister Mamata Banerjee on Friday.
Speaking to the media outside court, Mitra termed his arrest as a political conspiracy. He, however, refused to comment on the Saradha scam and said that the Trinamool chief will say what is to be said.
Mitra is the fourth TMC leader to be arrested in connection with the scam which surfaced last year.
While appearing in the court Mitra said that the order for his arrest came from Delhi.
Giving details about his interrogation at the CBI office here Friday, Mitra said "everything was going fine" and a senior official told him that he could go home after his statement was recorded.
"There everything was going fine and I answered all their questions. Everything was going fine and later joint director Rajiv Singh offered me tea. Singh said my statement is being recorded and once it is done I may go home," said Mitra, who spoke at the Chief Judicial Magistrate's court after seeking permission.
"I was having my tea when suddenly an officer came to me and said we have got a call from Delhi we will have to arrest you," said the senior Trinamool Congress leader, who was presented in the court in Alipur by the CBI seeking his custody.
To prevent any untoward incident around the court premises, there was unprecedented security blanket, as curious demonstrators waited on either side of the road from Gopalnagar crossing to Alipore police station.
The slogan shouting supporters with placards in hand were vocal against the Modi government at Centre, terming Mitra's arrest "a deep-rooted conspiracy."
Many supporters were found to shower flower petals on the slowly moving vehicle carrying Mitra.
The 57-year-old state Sports and Transport Minister has denied his involvement in the Saradha chitfund scam.
Meanwhile, TMC chief Mamata Banerjee has protested against Mitra's arrest and called it “unconstitutional”.
Mitra was arrested by the CBI on "prima facie evidence of criminal conspiracy, cheating and misappropriation as well as deriving undue financial benefits from the Saradha group".