The Delhi High Court on Friday rejected the plea of P Chidambaram,lodged in Tihar jail in the INX Media money laundering case, for interim bail on health grounds after an AIIMS medical board said Chidambaram need not be hospitalized.
The court on Thursday had directed the AIIMS director to constitute a medical board to provide opinion on the health of Chidambaram, who is suffering from Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s refers the digestive tract leading to abdominal pain,and also weight loss.
The high court said Hyderabad-based gastroenterologist Reddy be included in the board to give his opinion on Chidambaram’s medical condition.
Chidambaram has sought interim bail in the INX media money laundering case on medical grounds,saying his condition is deteriorating and he needs to be in a sterile environment.
He has sought interim relief for six days to enable him to consult and get examined by his regular doctor, Reddy, at the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology (AIG) in Hyderabad.
The court disposed of the plea after senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing Chidambaram, said they do not require any further direction. It also directed the Tihar Jail superintendent to keep Chidambaram’s cell clean and provide mineral water, protection against mosquitoes and a mask.
The court was informed that Chidambaram’s weight has reduced from 73 kg to 66 kg, which showed that his condition was deteriorating in custody.
After the medical test, Chidambaram was put on steroid treatment for 16 weeks, the application said and added that as his body was not responding to treatment prescribed at AIIMS and hence he be allowed to consult his regular doctor at AIG.
It has also said that his medical reports were sent to his regular doctor by e-mail and after perusing the same, the doctor has said that the inflammation has increased and Chidambaram needs immediate treatment in a sterile environment.