Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee does not need immediate hospitalization: AIIMS-Bhubaneswar official


Bhubaneswar/Kolkata, July 25

West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee, arrested in connection with the school job scam, was on Monday taken to AIIMS Bhubaneswar, where doctors said he was suffering from chronic ailments but did not require immediate hospitalisation.

The Calcutta High Court had on July 24 directed the ED, which last week to take the 69-year-old TMC leader to a health facility in the neighboring state by an air ambulance, after he complained of health issues.

“We (Chatterjee) have done a thorough screening. He has some chronic ailments, but he does not need immediate hospitalisation,” AIIMS executive director Ashutosh Biswas told reporters.

The court has been informed about Chatterjee’s health condition, Biswas said.

“The next action will be taken as per the direction of the court,” he said.

An ED official said two lawyers representing Chatterjee had accompanied him to the Odisha capital.

Earlier in the day, the Minister of Industry and Parliamentary Affairs was taken to the Kolkata airport via the Green Corridor from the city’s SSKM Hospital.

After landing in Bhubaneswar, Chatterjee was taken to AIIMS, where a thorough health check-up was done, after which he was shifted to a special cabin.

A section of people, mostly from Bengal, was heard shouting “chor, chor (thief, thief)” as he was escorted to the facility.

The TMC leader was holding the education portfolio when the recruitment scam in state-sponsored and aided schools was allegedly siphoned off.