School scam: Eight-member medical team visits arrested former TMC minister Partha Chatterjee

A week after he was taken into custody, an eight-member medical team from the state hospital SSKM visited arrested former Trinamool minister Partha Chatterjee on Saturday to check on his health issues. Meanwhile, the Law Enforcement Directorate has yet to begin questioning Chatterjee and his close associate Arpita Mukherjee in judicial custody.

The Presidency Correctional Home Authority reportedly called the medical team today as the prison hospital infrastructure was ‘apparently’ not sufficient to treat Chatterjee’s ailments and the former minister for Education complained of various health issues to the prison authority, sources said. Chatterjee suffers from diabetes, obesity and kidney problems.

Prison sources say Chatterjee ‘reportedly’ complained of respiratory distress on Friday night

The SSKM medical team went to the Presidency Correctional Home at around 11:30 a.m. this morning and examined him for two hours. However, Partha Chatterjee’s lawyer, Sukanya Bhattacharya, told ET: “On August 5, Chatterjee was sent to jail. He informed me on August 6 that he had health problems and treatment problems. However, after that, he did not complain or talk about it. Chatterjee was taken into custody until August 18 by a special court in the PMLA of the Directorate of Law Enforcement (ED).

She also clarified that Chatterjee’s lawyers did not appeal to the court and asked the SSKM medical team about any issues with the treatment. “The prison authority will be in a better position to talk about the issue,” Bhattacharya added. Bhattacharya visited Chatterjee a few times after his arrest at the Presidential Correctional Home. It is pertinent to mention that during ED’s custody, the agency took Chatterjee and his close aide Mukherjee to the central government run ESI Hospital in Joka.

Former minister Partha Chatterjee and his aide Arpita Mukherjee were taken into custody for 14 days on August 5 by a Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) tribunal in Kolkata as part of an investigation on the money trail to the West Bengal School Service Commission (SSC) recruitment scam. They will be produced in court on August 18.


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