According to sources, Mitra's resignation was accepted by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who forwarded it to Governor K.N. Tripathi.

The move came hours after the CBI, seeking cancellation of his bail, pointed to a division bench of the Calcutta High Court about Mitra continuing as a state minister despite being indicted and jailed in the multi-crore rupee scam.

Mitra was granted bail by a lower court on October 31 nearly 11 months after his arrest on December 12 last year. The CBI subsequently moved the high court's division bench of Justice Nishita Mhatre and Justice Tapas Mukherjee seeking cancelation of the bail.

Following the CBI's move against the bail, the high court subsequently ordered Mitra be kept under house confinement till the disposal of the matter.

The counsel also drew the court's attention towards Mitra's stay at the government-run SSKM Hospital where he has spent a large part of his incarceration period. Contending that the bail granted by the lower court was illegally passed, the counsel pleaded to the bench to cancel his bail.

Refuting charges that Mitra may tamper with the evidence, his counsel asserted that the minister had tendered his resignation even before his arrest but was not accepted.

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