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Phone call from Delhi led to my arrest, cries Madan

Mitra claimed before the court that at around 10.56 am he was questioned and around 4.30 pm a Joint Director of CBI, Rajiv Singh appeared and offered him tea. “When I asked whether I can leave, he told me that I can leave only after my statement is recorded under 161 CrPC,” Madan reportedly said inside the court, while adding: “Soon after another CBI officer came and said he is sorry and there was a call from Delhi to arrest me.”

While coming out of the court, Mitra said: “I was framed politically. Didi (Mamata Banerjee) will do the needful.” Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee intensifies her attack on BJP and alleged that BJP President Amit Shah has instructed CBI officers in Kolkata to arrest Mitra.

Mamata has asked her party MPs (Trinamool Congress) to protest in Parliament against the arrest. Meanwhile, Mitra was sent to CBI custody till December 16 by the court. Rejecting the bail plea moved by Mitra’s lawyers, the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s court sent him to four days’ custody.

Another Trinamool Congress leader Subrata Mukherjee, too, lambasted the BJP President and said: “It was a politically motivated arrest and the decision to arrest him (Mitra) was taken when Amit Shah had come to Kolkata and met the CBI.”

Hinting at the Saradha scam and Mitra’s arrest, CBI Director Anil Sinha told a television channel on Saturday that they have put best officers to probe the scam. “Our best officers across the nation have been chosen to probe the Saradha scam. We take no pressure on our minds and work without worrying about the consequences. We will be able to expose all those involved in the case very soon.
Some people will be satisfied while some won’t be but at the end of the day we have to satisfy the
law,” he said.

On the context of political pressure, he said, “Our duty is to investigate and inquire. The final verdict will be given by court. I can tell you I never faced such pressure.”

Mitra was arrested by the CBI on Friday for his alleged role in the multi-crore rupee Saradha chit fund scam. He was arrested under Sections 420 (cheating), 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant, or by banker, merchant or agent), 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 120B (criminal conspiracy).
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