Kolkata: Former cabinet minister in West Bengal, Madan Mitra, was on Friday granted bail by a court in Kolkata after being in detention of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for over 600 days for allegedly helping the erstwhile Saradha Group run Ponzi schemes in the state.
Mitra had a year ago secured bail, but it was cancelled within days on appeal.
Mitra’s had on Thursday argued that he was no longer a minister in the state, and that he could not in any manner influence the investigation.
They also said that he had not been interrogated even once in the past year. The CBI, however, had opposed the bail plea, saying he could still influence the investigation.
But the court on Friday ruled that he is to be released on bail on condition that he would surrender his passport with the police and meet CBI officers at least once a week.