NEW DELHI: The Calcutta High Court on Sunday cleared the Execution Directorate (ED) take West Bengal Cabinet minister and former state education minister, Partha Chatterjeeat AIIMS-Bhubaneswar by air ambulance early Monday.
He will be accompanied by a doctor from SSKM Hospital and his lawyer.
Specialist doctors from AIIMS-Bhubaneswar will examine Partha and he will virtually be arraigned in a special court in Kolkata, the court said.
The ED had moved the court on Sunday to challenge a lower court order to send Chatterjee to the state-run SSKM hospital. Judge Bibek Chaudhuri, after hearing arguments from lawyers representing ED and Chatterjee, reserved judgment on the case.
The central agency challenged a Bankshall court order that ordered Chatterjee to be taken to the state-run SSKM Hospital,
The trial court remanded Chatterjee on Saturday to two days in emergency custody while sending him to hospital on a prayer from his lawyers that he was ill and needed medical attention.
ED lawyers have argued that Chatterjee, a senior state minister, is an influential person and as such should not be detained in a public hospital.
Chatterjee’s lawyers objected to the prayer and said his treatment was being carried out appropriately at SSKM Hospital.
The ER suggested that Chatterjee could be treated at an AIIMS hospital which has very good healthcare infrastructure.
Chatterjee was arrested by the central agency on Saturday as part of its investigation into the alleged school job scam and was hospitalized that evening after complaining of being unwell.
(With agency contributions)
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