NEW DELHI: The Calcutta High Court on Sunday permitted the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to take West Bengal Cabinet minister and former education minister of the state, Partha Chatterjee, to AIIMS-Bhubaneswar by air ambulance early on Monday.
He will be accompanied by a doctor from SSKM Hospital and his advocate.
Specialist doctors at AIIMS-Bhubaneswar will examine Partha and he will be virtually produced before a special court in Kolkata, the court said.
The ED had move the court on Sunday challenging a lower court order of sending Chatterjee to state-run SSKM hospital. Justice Bibek Chaudhuri, after hearing arguments by lawyers representing the ED and Chatterjee, reserved judgement in the matter.
The central agency challenged a Bankshall Court order which directed that Chatterjee be taken to the state-run SSKM hospital,
The lower court on Saturday remanded Chatterjee to two days’ ED custody while sending him to the hospital on a prayer by his lawyers that he was unwell and needed medical treatment.
Counsels for the ED claimed that Chatterjee, a senior minister in the state, is an influential person and as such should not be kept in a state-run hospital.
Chatterjee’s lawyers opposed the prayer and said his treatment was being done appropriately at SSKM hospital.
The ED suggested that Chatterjee can be treated at an AIIMS hospital which has a very good healthcare infrastructure.
Chatterjee was arrested on Saturday by the central agency in connection with its probe into the alleged school jobs scam and was hospitalised in the evening after he complained of uneasiness.
(With inputs from agencies)