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Business News/ News / India/  'Arvind Kejriwal deliberately eating mangoes, sweets in jail to raise blood sugar level, create ground for bail': ED
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'Arvind Kejriwal deliberately eating mangoes, sweets in jail to raise blood sugar level, create ground for bail': ED

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had filed a plea before the Delhi court, seeking regular check-ups to monitor his blood sugar level and permission to consult his doctor.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is currently lodged in Tihar jail in connection with a money laundering case linked to the Delhi excise policy. (AFP)Premium
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is currently lodged in Tihar jail in connection with a money laundering case linked to the Delhi excise policy. (AFP)

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday alleged that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal "is deliberately eating mangoes, sweets and taking sugar with tea to raise his blood sugar level". As per a Bar and Bench report, the probe agency said, "Kejriwal wants to use this as a ground for bail [on medical grounds], citing fluctuations in blood sugar level."

The ED's Special Counsel Zoheb Hossain made this submission during a hearing in a Delhi court on Thursday. The court was hearing the application moved by Kejriwal, seeking permission to consult his regular doctor through video conferencing. It was claimed that his blood sugar fluctuating, and he wants to consult his regular doctor, PTI reported.

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"Arvind Kejriwal is eating high sugar content food despite having type 2 diabetes. He is consuming 'aloo poori', mango, sweets, daily. This is being done to make grounds for medical bail," the ED told the court.

Kejriwal's counsel objects

Advocate Vivek Jain, who appeared for Kejriwal, objected to the ED's submission, saying that the agency "is making these allegations only for the media". He said that some toffee and other things are given to diabetics to maintain their sugar levels. Jain further informed that Kejriwal is withdrawing the application and "will file a better one" later, Bar and Bench reported.

Kejriwal's 'weight loss' claim; Delhi CM 'kept isabgol, toffees on table'

Arvind Kejriwal is currently in judicial custody and lodged in Tihar jail in connection with a probe into the alleged ‘scam’ in now-scrapped Delhi's excise policy. He was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on March 21 and sent to the judicial custody till April 15, after being in the ED custody for some time. His judicial custody was later extended to April 23.

Delhi minister Atishi Marlena alleged that Arvind Kejriwal had fallen ill and lost approximately 4.5 kg since his arrest on March 21. Addressing a press conference, the Aam Aadmi Party leader said, “Arvind Kejriwal is a severe diabetes patient but he never let his health issue come as a hindrance in the service of the country. Since the BJP-ruled central government arrested him there has been a serious challenge to his health condition, his sugar level fell thrice while he was in ED custody…"

However, Tihar jail later dismissed the claims about Kejriwal's weight and said it was constant at 65 kg from the day he was brought to the jail. As per reports, the prison security also saw Arvind Kejriwal keeping his devices like a sugar sensor and glucometer on his bedside table. The Delhi chief minister also kept some glucose and toffees on his table in case of a sudden drop in his sugar levels.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Published: 18 Apr 2024, 02:24 PM IST
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