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Dressed in Illness, Kolkata High Court Says Shift Arrested Bengal Minister Partha Chatterjee in Odisha AIIMS


Partha Chatterjee was arrested on Saturday by the Directorate of Enforcement

Kolkata:

Bengal Minister Partha Chatterjee, arrested in connection with the school jobs scam, is expected to be taken to the Indian Institute of Medical Sciences by air ambulance tomorrow, the Calcutta High Court has heard. The court also noted that given his “tremendous power and position” as the most senior minister, it will not be difficult for Mr Chatterjee “to evade questioning”, the court noted. judge.

Partha Chatterjee was arrested by the Directorate of Law Enforcement on Saturday in connection with an alleged money laundering case related to the teacher recruitment scam. The arrest came after Rs 20 crore was recovered from his assistant Arpita Mukherjee, who was also arrested.

Mr Chatterjee was taken into custody in the emergency room for two days. His lawyers later claimed he was ill. The 69-year-old, who has several health issues, complained of feeling unwell, sources said.

After being admitted to the ICCU of the SSKM Government Hospital, the enforcement branch went to court which allowed Mr. Chatterjee to be admitted to the SSKM Hospital. The agency then challenged the order in the High Court.

In his judgment today, Judge Bibek Chaudhuri said: “In such a context and in view of the fact that the defendant is the most senior cabinet minister in the state of West Bengal, having power and immense position, it would not be impossible for the accused with the help of other political leaders to take shelter under the guise of serious illness and medical treatment to evade interrogation. this happens, Lady Justice will be cursed with the tears of hundreds and thousands of deserving candidates whose futures have been sacrificed instead of money.”

“The investigation agency is instructed to take the accused by air ambulance to AIIMS, Bhubaneswar early in the morning of 25th July 2022,” the judge ordered.

A team of specialists – from the departments of cardiology, nephrology, respiratory medicine and endocrinology – will examine Mr Chatterjee. Their reports will be reconciled with the AIIMS reports, the court said.

On Monday, the minister is expected to appear before a special ED court in Kolkata via virtual mode at 4 p.m.

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