Though authorities of SSKM Hospital on Saturday declared that transport minister Madan Mitra will be discharged from the hospital, the minister till late on Saturday night refused to leave.
All arrangements to take the minister to Alipore central jail were made and formalities related to Mitra’s discharge were completed by evening.
According to sources, the minister expressed his unwillingness to return to jail. There were rumours that the doctors will carry out a fresh round of check-up and therefore the delay. There were speculations that the minister wanted to have dinner at the hospital and then go to jail. Another source said that the minister will go to jail after 3am on Sunday since an astrologer close to him advised him accordingly.
However, Mitra was still at SSKM Hospital with police escort cars, prison van waiting in front of Woodburn Ward from 4pm on Saturday.
The decision to discharge Mitra was taken during a meeting of the medical board on Saturday since the minister’s medical reports indicated that he was healthy.
The medical board was set up for Mitra’s treatment after he was admitted to the hospital on December 19. He had complained of chest pain at Alipore Central Jail after he was remanded to judicial custody by a city session’s court.
Interestingly, the hospital authorities took the decision to discharge the minister within an hour after Congress leader Abdul Manna threatened to move the court saying that Mitra is faking illness to avoid staying in jail.
“The doctors at the hospital who are trying to protecting him have become villains like the chief minister. Their licenses should be cancelled Abdul Mannan told the media. He also alleged that Mitra was basically dodging people and court. Interestingly, Abdul Mannan’s PIL in Calcutta High Court paved the way for investigation into the multi crore Saradha chit fund scam.
“The medical board decided to discharge the minister from the hospital since he is stable. No tests are required to be conducted immediately. He will be released, hopefully on Saturday or by Monday morning in case the formalities are not completed,” PK Mitra, superintendent of SSKM Hospital said.