Sovan Chatterjee in house arrest after release from hospital

After a day-long drama over his release, former Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee was released from hospital on Saturday night and was taken to the Presidency jail before finally sending him to house arrest.

Sovan was released on personal risk bond on Saturday night. Baisakhi Bandopadhyay said, “Sovan will be taken to the Presidency jail and he will be released from there after providing residential proof.” Sovan, like other three TMC leaders, will be kept in house arrest as directed by the Calcutta High Court on Friday.

Speaking to the mediaperson from the window of the SSKM hospital, Former Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) Mayor Sovan Chatterjee claimed today evening that “he was detained by the hospital authority without any valid reasons and despite being fit.”

“My health condition is stable and I am ready to return home even on bond. But the hospital authority is dillydallying the matter,” he said

“It has been purposely floated by the hospital that I am suffering from cirrhosis of the liver. It is completely false. I was not given food properly,” an aggrieved Sovan said.

Meanwhile, TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said that today while addressing the media, “Sovan made it clear that he was not ill and it was all drama. TMC leaders Madan Mitra and Subrata Mukherjee are genuinely sick and Firhad Hakim despite being sick stayed in jail before going back home.”

On Saturday, Madan Mitra was not released from the hospital as his son said that his father will be treated at SSKM for his COPD related ailments. TMC minister Subrata Mukherjee was also not released.

The Calcutta High Court on Friday sent four Trinamool Congress leaders, including two West Bengal ministers on house arrest, and referred their bail issue to a “larger bench” following a difference of opinion between the judges of a division bench.

The case will now be heard on Monday by a five-member bench, which includes acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal.

Ministers Subrata Mukherjee and Firhad Hakim, MLA Madan Mitra and former Kolkata mayor Sovan Chatterjee were arrested by the CBI last Monday in the Narada bribery case. They were in judicial custody from Monday.

Mukherjee, Mitra and Chatterjee were admitted in government-run hospital while TMC minister and Kolkata Corporation chairperson Firhad Hakim was released from the Presidency jail and sent to house arrest yesterday.

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