State Transport Minister Madan Mitra, in judicial custody in connection with the Saradha scam, was shifted to Intensive Treatment Unit (ITU) of state-run SSKM Hospital in Kolkata after he complained of chest pain and respiratory distress.
“The minister was moved to the ITU last night after he complained of chest pain. The oxygen saturation of his body was found to have deteriorated after diagnosis so he was taken to the ITU immediately,” SSKM Hospital Director Prof (Dr) Manju Banerjee told PTI on Friday.
Describing the deterioration of oxygen saturation as “critical”, Banerjee said the minister’s condition has “improved a bit” this morning after high-end antibiotics were administered to him.
“It’s critical because chances of catching cold for such patients are higher. In fact, Mitra has lungs problems. Doctors have prescribed him high-end antibiotics. His condition after today’s check-ups was found to have improved a bit but he will continue to remain in the ITU,” he added. Mitra’s health condition will be reviewed twice daily, she said.
On Thursday itself, a CBI team was denied permission to interrogate Mitra at SSKM Hospital. Mitra’s lawyers opposed the move saying that the minister was severely sick and that the central agency had questioned him on January 20, but found no fresh evidence against him.
Mitra, arrested in December last year in the Saradha scam has been chargesheeted by CBI for several offences, including criminal conspiracy. He has been spending most of his time in the hospital citing illness. On CBI’s plea, a city court had directed the jail to furnish details of Mitra’s stay in hospital and prison.
Following this, Alipore jail authorities had submitted a report before the court on August 17. The report stated that while Mitra had spent 45 days in jail, he has been at SSKM’s Woodburn ward for 196 days till August 17. It added that he has not returned to jail since February 11.