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Doctors say go, Sita says no

Ranchi, March 19: JMM MLA Sita Soren suffers from only one disease — hypochondria. Or well, Birsa jail phobia.

The RIMS medical board has said the lady accused of getting Rs 1.5 crore horse-trading money from industrialist-cum-Rajya Sabha MP hopeful R.S. Agrawal in 2012 is “well”.

In fact, it went further to discharge her from hospital this afternoon, but Sita is not budging from RIMS cottage No. 14.

Sita and her powerful clan can rejoice that the First Bahu has no chest ailment— or for that matter any other— RIMS doctors could find, but good health is sometimes bad politics.

Around 12:30pm, RIMS medical board chaired by hospital superintendent S.K. Choudhary and Dr J.K. Mitra, who was treating her, as well as heads of departments from medicine, orthopaedics and surgery, after assessing her condition, decided she be released immediately.

RIMS superintendent S.K. Choudhary said: “Yes, the board found her well. So, we recommended her discharge.”

Dr Mitra, who till yesterday was awaiting Soren’s medical history since her re-entry within minutes of her discharge on Saturday on the way to jail, today only said: “She is completely alright.”

Within an hour, hospital issued Sita’s discharge ticket to a jawan assigned to her and took the receipt from him. “The last time when she was released on March 12, the jawan didn’t accept a discharge ticket till one full day. Next evening, he said he got the discharge ticket. We wanted to ensure no such thing recurred,” said a source.

Sita surrendered before a CBI court on February 25 after blink-and-you-miss appearances the whole of last year.