Kolkata, February 7: Former union minister Matang Sinh, arrested by the CBI for his alleged complicity in the multi–crore–rupee Saradha chit fund scam, was on Saturday sent to five days CBI custody by a court here. Arrested on January 31, Sinh was subsequently admitted to a hospital. Following his failure to appear before the court owing to illness, he was on February 1 sent to judicial custody.
However, the CBI, during the day, obtained a stay on the order of his judicial remand from a higher court and presented him before the court of Additiol Chief Judicial Magistrate (in–charge) Manikuntala Roy seeking his custody for seven days.
Sinh’s counsel pressed for his bail on health grounds contending he was a liver transplant patient and has developed several complications following his surgery. The CBI opposed his bail claiming he was a beneficiary of the Saradha Group of companies and his custodial interrogation was imperative. After hearing both the parties, the court remanded Sinh to CBI custody till February 11. IANS