Less than 24 hours after a court granted him bail in connection with the Saradha scam, West Bengal minister Madan Mitra was declared fit by a medical board at the state-run SSKM Hospital, where he spent most of his time since his arrest on December 12 last year.
The TMC minister returned home amid celebration by thousands of followers.
Mitra was arrested on December 12 and was taken to the VVIP ward of the hospital on February 11 after CBI custody. He spent less than 50 days in jail. Mitra said, “This is the triumph of truth...Triumph of the common people,” according to his close aides, soon after he reached his Bhowanipore residence in an ambulance amid tight police security at around 12.40 pm.
The minister has decided to take rest for sometime and think when to resume office.
A source at SSKM Hospital said, the medical board constituted to keep a tab on Mitra’s health conditions ran a check and found him ‘fit’ to be discharged from the hospital.
“The present health condition of the minister has improved and he is fit to go home... But he requires to go through a weekly check-up programme,” the source at the hospital said.
Despite receiving bail yesterday, after 323 days in custody, Mitra had indicated to his aides that he wanted to be in the hospital for a few more days. Mitra was arrested by the CBI in December and was remanded to CBI custody for an initial period after which he was sent to judicial remand.
During the major part of his judicial remand, Mitra had been at the Woodburn Ward of the state-run hospital citing health complications.
Mitra was granted bail by ACJM (in-charge) of Alipore District and Sessions Court Partha Das on condition that he would furnish a bond of Rs two lakh, cannot leave the state, submit his passport and cooperate with the investigation process.
CBI Special Crime Branch, which is probing Saradha ponzi scheme scam, has said that it will move a higher court against the bail granted to Mitra.
The medical board at the SSKM hospital declaring Mitra “fit” and giving him the discharge certificate drew flak from leaders of opposition parties.