The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday arrested Trinamool Congress (TMC) Rajya Sabha MP and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s key aide Srinjoy Bose in connection with the multi-crore Saradha scam.
“He has been arrested in connection with the Saradha scam,” said a CBI official.
Bose, who also owns the popular Bengali daily ‘Pratidin’, once employed the suspended Trinamool Rajya Sabha MP Kunal Ghosh, now behind bars for his alleged role in the Saradha scam, as editor of the newspaper.
The special crime branch of the CBI had earlier too questioned the Trinamool Congress MP.
Earlier in the day, West Bengal Textile Minister Shyamapada Mukherjee, Trinamool Congress MP Srinjoy Bose and Congress leader Somen Mitra appeared before the CBI in connection with the case.
Bose was arrested after several hours of grilling by CBI sleuths.
The premier investigation agency decided to take him into custody for his “prima facie involvement in the case”, a CBI official said.
Till now, several TMC leaders have been arrested and interrogated by the CBI in connection with the scam.
Bose is the second Trinamool leader to be arrested by the CBI in the scam. The agency had earlier arrested Trinamool leader and former director general of State Armed Police Rajat Majumdar.
Besides the CBI, Bose had earlier been grilled by the Enforcement Directorate as well as the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) which too have been probing the scam.
With the CBI summoning West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra and Trinamool Congress MP Srinjoy Bose, the opposition BJP and the Congress on Wednesday had said that more names from the ruling party would be interrogated in the multi-crore-rupee Saradha scam.
However, the Trinamool Congress sought to defend its leaders by claiming that summons by the CBI did not tantamount to being guilty.
The summons were sent to both the Trinamool leaders days after the central probe agency submitted its second charge sheet in the scam and a failed suicide bid by suspended Trinamool Rajya Sabha member Kunal Ghosh, who is behind bars.