Kolkata, Nov 1 (IANS A day after he was granted bail in the multi -crore Saradha scam, West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra on Sunday walked out of the state-run SSKM Hospital here.
Mitra, arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for his alleged complicity in the Saradha scam, was on Saturday granted bail by a city court.
Discharged from the SSKM Hospital, Mitra was taken to his city residence in an ambulance where hundreds of his supporters and party activists welcomed him.
“This is a victory of truth,” Mitra said after reaching home.
Arrested on December 12 last, Mitra spent most of his time in the VVIP ward of the hospital after his initial CBI custody.
According to a report by the Alipore Correctional Home, Mitra spent less than 50 days in jail since he was remanded in judicial custody on December 19.
The CBI, which opposed Mitra’s bail in court, repeatedly pointed out to his continuous stay at the SSKM Hospital to buttress its claim about the minister’s influence. The opposition pointed fingers at the hospital authorities for discharging Mitra.
“All these days, the doctors said he was too ill to be kept in jail and Mitra continued to enjoy life in a cosy VVIP ward. It’s not even 24 hours since he got bail and the same doctors discharged him. This is nothing but mockery of law and justice,” Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Sujan Chakrabarty said.