Suspended Trinamool MP Kunal Ghosh, jailed in the Saradha chit fund case, was on Friday admitted to a Kolkata hospital after attempting suicide inside his high-security prison cell.
Ghosh, a member of Rajya Sabha, was rushed to the SSKM Hospital in the city after consuming as many as 58 sleeping pills where doctors carried out a gastric suction. His condition is now stable.
“He was brought here at 3am in a drowsy condition. He is better now,” said Pradip Mitra, the director of Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research in the hospital.
Doctors told HT he probably consumed tablets of the alprazolam group, a popular sedative, but it is still not known how he managed to get them inside his cell at the Presidency central jail which has two guards.
Ghosh had threatened suicide in front of a judge on Monday unless the influential people named in the scam were not arrested within 72 hours.
He was the chief executive officer (CEO) of the media arm run by the group.
Alongside Saradha Group chief Sudipta Sen and his close associate Debjani Mukherjee, Ghosh has been named in a CBI chargesheet in connection with the scam.
Ghosh had earlier said he was made a scapegoat, and the ‘biggest beneficiary’ of the scam was Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. He had also accused other top Trinamool Congress leaders of being involved in the scam.
The shadow of the Saradha chit fund scam has been hounding Banerjee and her government since it exploded in early 2013. The issue had triggered a storm during the Lok Sabha election campaign, with opposition parties training guns on Banerjee over the scam.
Last year, the Centre had ordered a multi-agency probe into the activities of Kolkata-based group in the scandal estimated to be worth around Rs. 20,000 crore. The company’s promoters and top executives were accused by angry investors of creating a web of companies across several states in eastern India to dupe small depositors.
By Edos News