Suspended Trinamool Congress MP and Saradha scam accused Kunal Ghosh today allegedly tried to commit suicide by consuming sleeping pills in the Presidency Correctional Home where he has been lodged since his arrest last year.
Ghosh, who had threatened to end his life if the CBI failed to take action against those involved in the scam, has been admitted to a hospital.
West Bengal Correctional Home Services minister H A Safwi said Ghosh had claimed to have consumed sleeping pills and was admitted to state-run SSKM Hospital, where doctors kept him under observation.
“The doctor was called and they found everything to be normal but still as a precautionary measure we did not take any chance and got him admitted to the SSKM Hospital,” the minister told PTI here.
SSKM Director Pradip Mitra said Ghosh is out of danger.
A top jail department official said as he had threatened to commit suicide an extra watch was kept on him for the past two days.
“Before he went to sleep we searched him thoroughly. But no sedative or sleeping pill was found in his possession.
“But at around 2.30 AM he started complaining of breathlessness and claimed he had taken sleeping pills. Jail doctors called on him, examined him thoroughly but did not find anything abnormal. Still we did not take any chance,” the official told PTI.
Ghosh had threatened to commit suicide when he was produced before a city court on November 10 if CBI did not take “proper action” against those involved within three days.
“Investigation is being influenced. It is not acceptable that I will rot in jail while those involved will roam freely. I am giving three days’ time, if action is not taken I will commit suicide,” he had told Metropolitan Magistrate Arvind Mishra at Bankshall Court here.
“I pray to you to pass an order that during these three days, none of my relatives or my lawyer be allowed to meet me or else I may get influenced and dissuaded,” Ghosh, who had during earlier court hearings accused some top TMC leaders of having benefited from the scam, told the judge that day.