West Bengal Sports and Transport Minister Madan Mitra may be in Alipore Jail following his arrest in the Saradha case, but, according to reports, that hasn’t stopped him from enjoying his daily peg.
About 10 days ago, Mitra, who was arrested by the CBI on December 12, reportedly complained that he was feeling uneasy. The jail authorities wanted to take him to hospital, but Mitra refused to go. The officials insisted on a check-up, and found that Mitra was not ill — he was just drunk.
An investigation reportedly revealed that the “drinking water” that was coming from Mitra’s home along with his meals contained alcohol. “Our doctors examined him and found that the minister was drunk. On questioning, he admitted that he had consumed alcohol,” said a senior home department official.
“On further investigation, including examination of the utensils, glass tumbler and water bottles, we found that the drinking water that was coming with his homemade food was spiked with liquor. We told him that we would not tolerate this and he would have to abstain from liquor while he is in jail. We are conducting random checks, but he is a minister…’’ he added.
When contacted, Minister for Correctional Homes Hyder Aziz Safi said he was not aware of the matter. “I have no information about this so far. We will check,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, jail authorities alleged that Mitra was prone to tantrums. Citing an example, they said Mitra was going for his evening walk when a prisoner called him a thief. The minister returned to his ward, summoned officials and shouted at them. The prisoner who called him a thief was later sent to a punishment cell.