Partha Chatterjee has chronic health conditions, hospitalization not necessary, says AIIMS doctor

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Partha Chatterjee, who was arrested by the ED on Saturday as part of its investigation into the alleged school jobs scam, was hospitalized in the evening after complaining of being unwell.

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Kolkata: West Bengal Trade and Industry Minister Partha Chatterjee is suffering from chronic health problems but does not require hospitalization, Dr Ashutosh Biswas, director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) said on Monday. ), in Bhubaneshwar.

Earlier today, Chatterjee was flown to Bhubaneswar in an air ambulance for treatment. He was seen leaving SSKM Hospital in Kolkata in a wheelchair and taken in an ambulance to the airport in the morning.

The Calcutta High Court on Sunday ordered specialist doctors from AIIMS, Bhubaneswar to examine Chatterjee.
The court had previously reserved its order on the Law Enforcement Branch’s plea regarding the transfer of Chatterjee to the Command Hospital instead of the state-run SSKM Hospital.

“For now, the Court has reserved judgment and the final order will be issued shortly,” Chatterjee’s attorney Ayan Poddar told ANI news agency.

During the hearing, the Law Enforcement (ED) Directorate offered that Chatterjee could be transferred to another hospital like AIIMS in New Delhi or Bhubaneswar, but the court said nothing to this subject, said the lawyer.

The court, however, proposed that AIIMS doctors could be called to Kolkata for Chatterjee’s medical examination, Poddar said, adding that the court’s final order was awaited.

Chatterjee, who was arrested by the ED on Saturday as part of its investigation into the alleged school job scam, was hospitalized in the evening after complaining of being unwell.

Notably, ED prayed before the magistrate to allow Chatterjee to be taken to the command hospital instead of the state-run SSKM, saying he was a top minister and his roots run deep in the government hospitals, where he can be influential. However, the court ordered Chatterjee to be taken to SSKM Hospital.

“Partha Chatterjee (West Bengal Cabinet Minister and former State Education Minister) is not feeling well. He developed heart pain. We demanded that proper medical facilities be provided to him if ED’s custody was granted, Chatterjee’s attorney had said.

Pertinent to mention, the arrests were made at Chatterjee’s residence in Kolkata where the ED team had been present since Friday.

Earlier on Friday, ED officials raided the residences of Chatterjee and Paresh Adhikari and several others and recovered huge sums of cash amounting to around Rs 20 crore from the residential premises of Arpita Mukherjee, a close associate of Chatterjee.

Mukherjee, who was arrested on Saturday, was sent to emergency custody by Bankshall Court in Kolkata on Sunday.

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