Nearly 20 months after he admitted to engineering the country’s biggest corporate fraud to the tune of R7,800 crore, Satyam Computer’s tainted founder B. Ramalinga Raju (58) returned home.
He was discharged on Saturday from Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS), the premier government medical college hospital, where he was being treated for Hepatitis-C since September 2009.
According to Ajit Kumar, the NIMS gastroenterologist who was treating him, Raju made a request on Friday to the hospital authorities to be allowed to go home.
“We discussed the issue. Since his liver was functioning normally and there was less risk now, we decided to allow him to go home,” Kumar said.
Though Raju was granted bail by Andhra Pradesh High Court on August 18, 2010, he remained in NIMS for. Raju was arrested on January 9, 2009, two days after admitting to fudging company accounts.
The CBI, which is investigating the case and has challenged Raju's bail, has charged NIMS doctors of prolonging Raju’s treatment and wanted the court to form a special team of doctors to verify his health condition.
According to sources in the CBI, Raju who made his maiden appearance before the investigating officer (IO) on Saturday will be issued a notice to appear before them soon for questioning.
Raju appeared before the IO as part of the conditions laid down by Andhra Pradesh High Court while granting bail in August, according to Raju's counsel Bharat Kumar.
“He appeared before the IO today (Saturday). CBI could not question him on anything because as notice has to be issued to him prior to the questioning,” CBI DIG Lakshimi Narayana said.
Sources said further questioning will revolve around the alleged funds diversion to some of the foreign countries from which CBI is awaiting replies.
(With PTI inputs)