Just an hour before the CBI filed a petition in Calcutta High Court pleading for the cancellation of his bail, and within 36 hours of being released from SSKM Hospital, transport minister Madan Mitra — an accused in the Saradha chit fund scam — got admitted to a private hospital on Tuesday morning.
By the time Mitra settled down at the ICU, a division bench of the high court fixed the hearing of the CBI’s plea on November 5. “He has been admitted under consultant cardiologist Dr Saroj Mandol. He is suffering from high blood pressure,” a spokesman of the private hospital said.
Mitra had been under treatment at the state-run SSKM’s swanky Woodburn ward for most of the 323 days since he was arrested by the CBI on December 12 last year. SSKM doctors declared him fit enough to be discharged within 20 hours of his securing a bail from a lower court on Saturday.
Within minutes of his checking in at the private hospital, opposition leaders raised questions about the wisdom of the members of the medical board that cleared Mitra’s release. They demanded the revocation of the licences of the doctors who were on that board. “The Indian Medical Association (IMA) and the MCI must together decide whether these doctors should be allowed to continue in their profession,” CPI(M) leader and Lok Sabha member Mohammed Salim said.
State Congress president Adhir Chowdhury said, “It is Mamata Banerjee who has to answer why her (health) department certified Mitra as fit to be discharged. Stung by the criticism all around, he has started a drama once again.”
Samik Bhattacharya, the lone BJP MLA of the state, said, “An institute (SSKM) that can arrange for the dialysis of a dog instead of human beings can easily issue a certificate of fitness according to the whims of an individual.” SSKM authorities had landed in a controversy earlier this year after readying a dialysis unit for a dog that allegedly belonged to a Trinamool leader.
Sources at SSKM said Mitra was fit enough to be released by early October, but he stayed on at the hospital. They also said that some of the doctors discussed his case with SSKM director Manju Banerjee, but she refused to comment when HT sought her reaction.