Less than 24 hours after he got bail in the Saradha chit fund scam case, West Bengal transport and sports minister Madan Mitra, who was ‘critically ill’, got a fit certificate from doctors at the hospital where he was admitted and went home on Sunday.
Mitra was arrested by the CBI in December last year. He spent over 300 days at the VIP ward of state-run SSKM hospital and evaded prolonged jail stay.
“Truth always wins. I have been asked by doctors to take precautions while I am at home,” Mitra said while entering his Bhawanipore home amid tight security as his followers chanted slogans.
Professor Manju Banerjee, director of the Institute of Post Graduate Medical Research at SSKM hospital, said: “I am not the person who can comment on the medical board’s decision to discharge him . I cannot comment.”
A 10-member medical board led by Dr MK Das, head of the general medicine department, held an emergency meeting on Sunday morning and decided to declare Mitra as fit to be discharged. Despite repeated attempts, doctors on the medical board did not receive calls by HT.
On Saturday evening, Mitra was granted bail by a court in state capital Kolkata, 323 days after his arrest by CBI in December. Mitra spent most of these days in the luxurious confines of Woodburn ward of SSKM Hospital. Though he was lodged in Alipore Central Jail, the minister was admitted to SSKM a few times and ultimately stayed there for the last six months.
“This is a shame. SSKM is run by the state government. People of Bengal knew he was not sick and was staying there under VIP treatment. This is what is happening in Bengal under Mamata Banerjee,” said Abdul Mannan, senior state Congress leader.
The shadow of the Saradha chit fund scam has been hounding CM Banerjee and her government since it exploded in early 2013. Later that year, the Centre ordered a multi-agency probe into the activities of the Kolkata-based group in the scandal estimated to be worth around Rs. 20,000 crore.
The company’s promoters and top executives were accused by angry investors of creating a web of companies across several states in eastern India to dupe small depositors.