MUMBAI: Partho Dasgupta, accused in the alleged Television Ratings Point (TRP) rigging case, petitioned Bombay high court for bail and for an urgent hearing for relief after learning the JJ hospital was planning to discharge him despite his health having “deteriorated’’.
The HC called for a report on Dasgupta’s “heath condition’’ and posted the bail plea for urgent hearing on Monday.
A sessions court had on Wednesday rejected the bail plea of Dasgupta, former CEO of Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC),was arrested on December 24 in the alleged TRP scam.
Public Prosecutor Deepak Thakare informed a bench of Justice P D Naik, at an urgent 7 pm hearing hearing, that Dasgupta has been discharged from the state-run JJ hospital and taken back to Taloja jail in Navi Mumbai.
Dasgupta’s lawyer Arjun Singh Thakur, while seeking the urgent hearing and relief, said “The applicant’s wife and daughter have managed to get a video of him being transported on a stretcher’’. Dasgupta was on oxygen until Friday afternoon. He is being transferred in a very suspicious manner for reasons best known to the respondents (state).
Thakur sought that Dasgupta be shifted to a private hospital at least.
Thakare said since he is back in jail, medical officer there would now have to examine him before taking further steps. He said Dasgupta would be treated by medical officers in jail on the instruction in the discharge note and he would submit a report on his health condition on Monday, January 25.
Dasgupta’s kin were not informed of his health “but they saw him outside JJ hospital in an incoherent and semi-conscious state’’ said his lawyer.
“He was admitted to J. J. Hospital on 15th January, 2021. The family of applicant were informed belatedly. He has been discharged from the hospital,’’ the HC order noted.