West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee, arrested in connection with an alleged school jobs scam, was on Monday brought to Odisha in an air ambulance by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and admitted to AIIMS, Bhubaneswar as per the direction of the Calcutta High Court.
The court had directed the ED, which had arrested Chatterjee in connection with its probe into the scam, to take him to the health facility by air ambulance.
“The Bengal Minister has been admitted to the private ward after his arrival here. After a screening of his health condition, the minister was taken to a special cabin,” an official of the premier medical facility informed.
Two counsels representing Chatterjee also travelled to the Odisha Capital, an ED official said.
"He was having problems because of his chronic illness. We investigated and the report has been submitted to the High Court, there was not much chest pain. He is in stable condition and will be discharged today," said Dr Ashutosh Biswas, Director AIIMS Bhubaneswar.
Speaking to mediapersons, AIIMS Bhubaneswar Executive Director Asutosh Biswas said, "We have examined him (Chatterjee) and checked his medical history. We have investigated and found something which is not very serious in nature. We will be discharging him very soon."
Several medical procedures, including blood tests, cardiological investigation, kidney and thyroid tests etc. have been conducted on Chatterjee by the doctors, which showed that he has some chronic illness which is not very serious in nature, Biswas said.
Earlier in the day, the Bengal minister was taken to the Kolkata airport in an ambulance from the state-run SSKM hospital, where he was undergoing treatment. A green corridor was created so that he could reach the airport in around 30 minutes.
Chatterjee, who is currently the industries and parliamentary affairs minister of the Mamata Banerjee government, was remanded to ED custody till Monday by a lower court in Kolkata.
He was the education minister when the alleged teacher recruitment scam took place in West Bengal government-run and aided schools.