Partha Chatterjee, a minister in the government of Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal, was brought back to Kolkata this morning by the Law Enforcement Department, a day after he was flown to Odisha’s capital Bhubaneshwar for medical examination. economic.
However, doctors at AIIMS Bhubaneshwar cleared Mr. Chatterjee – in the house of his assistant Arpita Mukherjee a room full of cash. Rs 20 crore was found last week – is someone who has a chronic health problem but does not need a hospital stay.
After his arrest last Saturday, Mr. Chatterjee went to the government-run SSKM Hospital in Kolkata for a checkup and some tests. During the bail hearing, investigators accused the Bengali minister of trying to play cards to evade questioning. Even the Calcutta High Court, under a stern order, said it would not be difficult for Mr Chatterjee, who has been given “great power and status”, to “evade questioning”.
Mr. Chatterjee’s lawyer said SSKM Hospital would issue the same medical report as AIIMS Bhubaneswar, and that the Enforcement Bureau was responsible for the air ambulance and related expenses.
Minister Mamata Banerjee yesterday attack BJP on why the minister had to be sent to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, or AIIMS, in Bhubaneswar while he could have received the same treatment in Kolkata.
Ms. Banerjee said the investigating agency wanted to move the minister to Bhubaneswar to use the influence of the center. She said: “I was embarrassed. They said they had to take him to Odisha for treatment. SSKM is one of the best hospitals in the country. We have a lot of colleges and medical hospitals. We also have good private hospitals, hospitals Why do you have to take him to a hospital that the central government touches? Why an ESI hospital Why a command hospital? Bengalis? What do you think? Are the innocent centers and the states all thieves? You’re there for the states.”
The Executive Directorate will question Mr. Chatterjee at their Kolkata office starting today. The high court ordered investigators to check the health of the minister and his aide, Ms. Mukherjee, every 48 hours while in custody.
The court ordered Ms Mukherjee not to be questioned from 9pm to 6am, and that a woman staff member be with her at all times during “serious politeness” questioning.
The Central Investigation Agency can detain the minister and his assistants until August 3.
Ms. Banerjee spoke on the matter after a stir on Monday morning that Mr Chatterjee’s calls to her after her arrest had gone unanswered. This is seen as an attempt by the Minister to distance himself from the Minister, one of her top aides, who is currently fighting corruption allegations.
The alleged fraud happened when Mr Chatterjee was the Bengali Education Minister. A minor actress, Arpita Mukherjee, was the face of Mr Chatterjee’s Durga Puja commission ad campaigns in 2019 and 2020 before her name surfaced in the Commission’s fraud investigation School Services Department, or SSC.