Agartala: Finally, ending a five-day-long drama, Tripura police managed to arrest former state minister Badal Choudhury, one of the main accused in the Rs 600 crore PWD scam, from ILS Hospital in Agartala on Monday evening.
Choudhury was reportedly brought to the hospital by his wife and daughter and taken to the ICU for treatment. The police had been searching for him for the past six days.
Soon after receiving information of Choudhury’s presence in the hospital, a high-level state police team, including DIG Crime G K Rao, SP crime Kulwant Singh, West Tripura Superintendent of Police Manik Das and investigation officer of the case Ajay Kumar Das rushed the spot and arrested him. Choudhury’s wife, Namita Gope Choudhury, was seen accompanying him in the hospital.
Meanwhile, former chief minister and Opposition leader Manik Sarkar along with CPI-M state secretary Gautam Das, former Tripura East MP Jitendra Choudhury met Choudhury in hospital and took note of his health.
Speaking with reporters, Manik Sarkar said, “We had a conversation with Choudhury and it seems that his health is not good and undergoing treatment.”
SP Kulwant Singh confirmed that Choudhury has been arrested and is undergoing treatment in ILS Hospital. “We are doing everything as per law. He is undergoing treatment and whenever doctors give him a clearance, he will be taken into custody,” the SP said.
Meanwhile, the vacation bench of the Tripura High on Monday heard the anticipatory bail application filed by the deputy Opposition leader and former PWD minister Badal Choudhury after the district and the sessions court rejected his bail application on October 16.
Speaking with reporters, BR Bhattacherjee, counsel of the PWD minister, said that the state government has lodged an FIR alleging that various infrastructural works have taken during the Left front government.
The work was carried out by the state and the money was paid by the state government. The allegation against the PWD minister was that the money was paid without the permission of the state cabinet, therefore no criminal case can be filed against him, Bhattacharjee said.