Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Jan 26:
Justice R K Patra, probing into the multi-crore rupee chit fund scam in Odisha, was today admitted to SCB Medical College and Hospital here and put on ventilator for pneumonia and heart ailments.
He was admitted to state’s premier referral hospital with complaints of dyspnea, chest congestion and angina. Later, he was put on life support system at the medicine ward Intensive Care Unit (ICU) under the supervision of Prof Dr C B K Mohanty.
A special team has been formed to treat Justice Patra and for continuous monitoring of his health. Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak today visited the hospital and inquired about his health.
“A team of doctors from medicine, anaesthesia and cardiology department are monitoring his health conditions. Dr C B K Mohanty is heading the team and I wish him speedy recovery,” Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak said after visiting Justice Patra.
Though his vital signs are said to be stable, his condition is said to be not out of danger.
“He was admitted with pneumonia and cardiac problems. At present he is conscious and his vital signs are stable. But his condition is critical as he is on ventilator,” SCB Emergency Officer, Bhubanananda Maharana said.
It may be recalled that the state government had constituted a commission headed by Justice R K Patra in July 2013 to hear the complaints of the depositors and take necessary steps for return of their money invested in various ponzi firms. After three successive extensions, the commission was provided with necessary infrastructure this month for digitisation process, As present, about 10 lakh affidavits are pending scrutiny.
Now, the failing health condition of Justice R K Patra has raised many questions over the progress and fate of the chit fund scam inquiry in the scam.