The Alipore Sessions Court on Friday granted former West Bengal minister and Trinamool Congress leader Madan Mitra, permission to step out of Bhawanipore police station&’s area of responsibility to visit the CBI investigating officer (IO) at the CGO complex in Salt Lake.

The order was passed at 2.30 pm at Alipore Judges Court and right after that, Mitra left for the CGO complex in Salt Lake to meet the CBI IO, along with his elder son and advocate Niladri Bhattacharya.

Before leaving for the CGO complex, he told reporters, “The court in the interim bail order had stated that I should not leave the Bhawanipore police limits, so I did not leave. Now the court has granted me permission, so I am going to meet the CBI IO at the CGO complex. I am at home, the entire Bengal is my home. I have always assisted the CBI and will continue to assist them in every way.”

Mitra along with his counsel first went to Bhawanipore police station to notify them that the court has granted permission for him to leave the Bhawanipore police station limits to meet the CBI IO. After reaching the CGO complex at 3.35 pm, Mitra along with his counsel and elder son waited for the IO for more than an hour, but was informed that the IO of the case was in Delhi. Thus Mitra was unable to meet the IO but a letter has been submitted by his counsel Niladri Bhattacharya stating that his client had obtained the court&’s permission and come to visit the CBI IO as had been directed by the court.”

Advocate Niladri Bhattacharya told The Statesman, “The investigating officer of the case was not there, and Mitra wrote a letter to record his presence.”

Before returning to the private hotel on Elgin Road where he is staying at present, Mitra along with his counsel went to Bhawanipore police station and met the officer-in-charge to notify the latter that he has returned.

Mitra was arrested in December 2014 for his alleged involvement in the multicrore Saradha scam. He was granted interim bail on 9 September under stringent conditions.