Saradha scam: Mamata Banerjee declines comment on Mitra’s release


West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday declined comment on the release of Trinamool Congress heavyweight Madan Mitra who was arrested in connection with the Saradha scam about two years ago.

Banerjee, who returned this morning from her eight-day visit to the Vatican and Germany, refused to take questions on the release of her former cabinet colleague who was yesterday granted bail by the Alipore court.

However, the chief minister’s co-traveller Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee said Mitra’s arrest was “politically motivated”.

Mitra, then Sports and Transport Minister, was arrested by CBI on 12 December, 2014.