Kolkata, Nov 14: Saradha scam accused and suspended Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh allegedly tried to commit suicide by consuming as many as 58 sleeping pills inside the Alipore Central Jail here on Friday.
According to reports, Kunal Ghosh was rushed to the SSKM Hospital where doctors carried out a gastric suction. His condition is now stable.
“He was brought here at 3 am 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 reportedly said the suspended Trinamool MP probably consumed tablets of the alprazolam group, a popular sedative, but it is still not known how did he manage to get them inside his cell.
West Bengal Prison Minister HA Safi, however, told a news agency: “Kunal Ghosh has access to 2-3 pills as his regular prescription. He said he took pills at 2:30am.” Safi added: “At 2:33am he went walking to SSKM (Hospital), not in a stretcher.”
Earlier on Monday, Ghosh had reportedly threatened suicide in front of a judge unless the influential people named in the scam were not arrested within 72 hours.
Ghosh had also put the Kolkata Police commissioner in the dock and alleged that he had stood by Saradha Group CEO and main accused Sudipta Sen.
He reportedly told the court: “Kolkata Police Commissioner stood by him (Sen) and certified him to be a good man. Why is action not being taken against him? Is it because he is an IPS officer?”
He also submitted: “I have been framed as I took money in cheques but nothing happened to those who took in cash,” he claimed. “You see to it that they don’t go scot-free.”
Kunal Ghosh 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.
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.
(With Agency Inputs)