KOLKATA, Jan 31 � The CBI today arrested former Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Matang Sinh in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam case, making him the first former Central minister to be apprehended by the agency in the case, reports PTI.
CBI sources said Sinh has been arrested for alleged criminal conspiracy, cheating and misappropriation of funds related to Saradha Realty, one of the companies of the group which is being probed by the agency.
Sinh is the first former Union minister to be arrested by the agency in connection with the case.
The sources said Sinh was called to the headquarters of the Special Investigation Team in Kolkata where he was grilled by the team for over five hours before being arrested.
CBI sources said the arrest became imminent as he was not cooperating with the investigation team on some important issues, prompting the agency to take him into their custody, during which another round of examination might take place.
The CBI had recently arrested Saradha Realty�s director Shibnarayan Das, whose interrogation has given some vital leads about the alleged role of Sinh in the Saradha Realty which was used for duping thousands of gullible investors in the case, the sources said.
Das, who was on the run, was apprehended in Kolkata and a fully-loaded 0.38 calibre revolver was seized from him.