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PBT Files Lawsuit In Calcutta HC Seeking Information About Why Mamata Banerjee’s Transport Minister Was Kept In Comfortable Govt. Hospital Cabin Instead Of Jail After CBI Arrested Him In Saradha Chit Fund Scam

PBT filed a new writ petition in Calcutta High Court yesterday against West Bengal Government and top government super-speciality SSKM hospital in Kolkata after they refused to provide any information about why Mr. Madan Mitra, then state transport minister and a close ally of Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, was transferred to a comfortable special unit in SSKM hospital, a premier government medical center in Kolkata, after he was arrested and put in jail by CBI for his alleged role in the well-known Saradha Chit Fund scam in 2014. While Mr. Mitra is now free on bail as the criminal case of Saradha scam is still going on in the court, the question remains whether unlike other ordinary incarcerated criminals who are put in jail by the CBI, Mr. Mitra was able to spend his jail-time in an air-conditioned hospital cabin by virtue of his high political position.

PBT sought medical records of Mr. Mitra from the SSKM hospital (under RTI Act, 2005) after Mr. Mitra was shifted from his jail cell to the SSKM hospital for his alleged medical condition to have the records examined by outside independent medical experts. But neither the SSKM public information officer nor the First Appellate authority of the government hospital bothered even to respond to PBT RTI requests. PBT filed a Second Appeal with the West Bengal Information Commission (WBIC) in 2015, as per the provisions of RTI Act, 2005, but after more than 2 years, the Second Appeal has also remained unanswered by the WBIC. RTI Act, 2005 has stipulated that requested information must be provided within a maximum period of 30 days. Thus, PBT was compelled to move the Calcutta HC seeking direction for providing the requested information to find whether Mr. Madan Mitra was shielded to serve jail time using bogus medical certificate from unethical doctors. The writ petition is likely to come up for hearing next week.

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  • Aniruddha Chatterjee October 24, 2017, 10:42 am

    This is a very good step. Citizens are paying taxes from their hard earned money and these scumbags are getting benefits from our hardships. He has made huge money out of tax-payers hard work. This person must be kept inside a jail. His place is not a Govt Hospital. Why he has been kept in a luxury cabin of SSKM hospital out of the tax payers money? Now-a-days Madan Mitra can be seen at many places. I had seen him at Bholanath Cabin of Rajballabh Para just two months back. He came to eat something. He was eating from tax-payers’ money as he looted Saradah. Ms Mamata Banerjee, please answer! Your action is not impartial. You are acting just like previous government’s ministers. We thought that you will develop our state. Alas! You are not trustworthy at all. We know very well how you manipulate courts and theirs judgement in Bengal. This is a sheer misuse of power.

    Politicians like Madan Mitra, Mukul Roy, Kakali Ghoshdastidar, Boby Hakim, Sobhon Chatterjee, Subrata Mukherjee, and many others are looters (as seen from many videos posted on various websites). Please remember we common mass is not fool. you cannot make them fool even. It’s time to say goodbye to you and your ministers. Get ready to hear “goodbye” tune in near future.

  • Ayan Banerjee October 26, 2017, 1:48 am

    Very Very Good Step , thanks for that

  • Parag October 28, 2017, 12:59 am

    What an irony, I have read news of poor people being denied admission in government hospital due to unavailability of beds and here we have a corrupt minister enjoying his jail time in a government hospital.

    My family is also a victim of medical negligence. I’ve started the petition “Medical Council of India, Lilavati Hospital: Cancel License, expel Corrupt Nephrologist Hemant Mehta, Prashant Rajput who killed my Mom” and need your help to get it off the ground.

    Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now. Here’s the link:

    http://www.change.org/p/medical-council-of-india-lilavati-hospital-cancel-license-expel-corrupt-nephrologist-hemant-mehta-prashant-rajput-who-killed-my-mom

    Thanks!
    Parag

  • Biswanath Mitra November 7, 2017, 1:35 am

    Right step . More and more humanitarian doctors should come forward to stand behind this Organisation to eradicate such corruption.

    B.N.Mitra

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