The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to form a medical board and assess the health of former union minister P Chidambaram, who is in jail in connection with the INX Media case. The board has to submit a report by tomorrow afternoon. The court was hearing the Congress veteran’s request for interim bail.
Justice Suresh Kumar Kait gave the direction while hearing the interim bail plea of the senior Congress leader claiming that he was suffering from Crohn’s disease which has become acute during his time in custody. The High Court said the board should be set up immediately and must also include Mr. Chidambaram’s family doctor D. Nageshwar Reddy.
During the course of argument, senior advocate Amit Sibal, appearing for Mr. Chidambaram, argued that Dr. Reddy of Asian Institute of Gastroenterology, Hyderabad after examining the medical reports have suggested that the inflammation in former minister’s intestines were due to increase in Crohn’s disease.
The court directed the Tihar Jail authorities to provide adequate security to the senior Congress leader, considering that he is a protected person. “He may be allowed to carry his prescribed medicines. It shall be ensured that the accused is medically examined for his illness at the jail hospital and if required, in any multidisciplinary hospital like RML Hospital, Safdarjung or AIIMS Hospital.”