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Saradha scam: Facing CBI summons, Transport Minister Madan Mitra shifts from private clinic to government hospital

Saradha scam: Minister takes discharge certificate from clinic, gets himself admitted to SSKM Hospital.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata |
Updated: November 21, 2014 1:53:53 pm
Madan Mitra West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra got himself admitted to SSKM Hospital.

West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra, who has been served summons by CBI to appear before it for questioning in Saradha scam, was Thursday admitted to the state-run SSKM Hospital soon after he was discharged from a private hospital in south Kolkata where he was admitted three days ago. Significantly, as per the summons, Mitra had to appear before the CBI sleuths on Friday.

While some leaders in the ruling Trinamool Congress claimed that Mitra has been admitted to the cardiology department, senior doctors at the SSKM Hospital revealed that the minister is suffering from “breathing trouble, and there is no cardiac trouble”.

“He complained of dyspnea or shortness of breath after which we admitted him,” SSKM director Pradip Mitra said. He said Mitra has been assigned a cabin in the Woodburn ward.

The minister was on November 18 admitted to the private multi-speciality Belle Vue clinic from where he was discharged today. Sources said that the minister took the decision on his own to get admitted to SSKM Hospital and thus sought and took a discharge certificate from the private hospital.

Earlier, the special crime branch of CBI, probing the Saradha chit fund scam case, had served summons to Mitra to appear before the agency officials at its headquarters in Salt Lake area on November 21 for questioning. In response, Mitra had sent a letter to the agency expressing inability to do so citing medical reasons.

With Mitra suddenly deciding to get himself admitted to the government hospital, the CBI the CBI officials are now contemplating to form a medical board to check him. As of now, the the agency is closely monitoring his health condition.

Meanwhile, CBI carried out searches at three locations —- Salt Lake, Bishnupur and Behala —- in Kolkata in connection with its probe into chit fund scam. The agency searches said the searches were carried out at the offices of Saradha group companies in connection with one of the four FIRs against the now bust group in which suspended TMC Rajya Sabha member Kunal Ghosh is also an accused. Agency sources said, more searches are likely to be conducted based on several “incriminating documents” recovered in today’s operations.

Agency officials said TMC Rajya Sabha MP Srinjay Bose is expected to appear before it for interrogation in connection with the scam. Apart from Bose and Mitra, the CBI had also summoned former TMC MP Somen Mitra, who is now a Congress leader, too.

GOV: Don’t draw any inference

Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi Thursday said that no inference should be drawn simply because the CBI had summoned someone for an investigation. The Governor said this when asked to react on CBI summoning Transport Minister Madan Mitra for questioning in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam. “Someone has been called (by CBI) and because of that no inference should be drawn,” the Governor said on the sidelines of a function here. “Let the agency (CBI) discharge its duty and let it function properly. A part of the investigation is to call people and try to know the facts from them,” Tripathi said.

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