‘Bajrang Bali ki jai’: AAP after Arvind Kejriwal gets insulin in Tihar Jail after sugar levels touch 320

Chief Minister Kejriwal received insulin in Tihar Jail due to persistently elevated blood sugar levels, reaching 320.

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First Published23 Apr 2024
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal (AFP) (FILE)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal (AFP) (FILE)(HT_PRINT)

Amid the ongoing tussle between AAP and the Tihar jail administration, Delhi Chief Minister and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal was given insulin on Monday evening on the advice of AIIMS doctors in Tihar Jail.

ANI reported citing Tihar officials, “Yesterday, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal was administered low-dose insulin at Tihar Jail. His sugar level was 217 yesterday. AIIMS team had said that he could be administered low-dose insulin when the level crosses 200.”

In a post on X, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) wrote, “Finally BJP and its jail administration came to their senses and gave INSULIN to CM Kejriwal in jail. CM Kejriwal's sugar level had reached 320. This has been possible only due to the blessings of Lord Hanuman and the struggle of the people of Delhi. We have succeeded in delivering insulin to our Chief Minister.”

Earlier on Monday, Kejriwal accused the Tihar jail administration of issuing a false and misleading statement about his diabetic condition under political pressure and said he has been asking for insulin every day.

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At the same time, a city court has ordered AIIMS to create a medical board to examine Kejriwal and determine if he needs insulin to manage his blood sugar levels. The court also noted that the AAP convener was eating home-cooked food, which differed from the diet plan recommended by his doctor.

The chief minister had alleged he was not being administered insulin in jail leading to an “alarming” rise in his blood sugar levels.

Earlier, Delhi Minister and AAP leader Atishi after the court's order said that Kejriwal has been deprived of adequate medical facilities in the jail.

“The verdict of Rouse Avenue Court proves that for the last 22 days, Arvind Kejriwal was not getting proper medical care in judicial custody in Tihar Jail,” she said.

She mentioned that after 22 days in judicial custody, the court has directed the formation of a medical board consisting of a diabetes specialist, a diabetologist, and an oncologist. This board will be responsible for overseeing Arvind Kejriwal's medical treatment and ensuring he receives proper care.

Meanwhile, the Rouse Avenue Court has rejected Kejriwal's request for a court order instructing jail authorities to administer insulin and permit him daily video consultations for 15 minutes to manage his acute diabetes and fluctuating blood sugar levels.

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“Though it shall continue to be the primary duty of Tihar Jail authorities, who are stated to be fully equipped to take care of the health of the applicant, to ensure that all requisite medical treatment is provided to him in jail, however, in the event of any requirement for specialized consultation, the jail Authorities shall consult the Medical Board to be constituted by Director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), comprising of a senior endocrinologist, diabetologist, as per the request made on April 20, already sent by DG Prisons,” said the Court.

Earlier, Delhi Health Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj said, “Kejriwal's sugar level has been above 300 for the last 10 days and he has been continuously demanding insulin as it is the only resort to control his levels of sugar.”

Also Read: Delhi Court directs AIIMS to form medical board, examine jailed Arvind Kejriwal amid insulin row

Kejriwal was arrested by the ED on March 21 in relation to a money-laundering case associated with the Delhi government's discontinued excise policy. Since April 1, he has been held in Tihar Jail.

Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court has scheduled a hearing on May 15 for Kejriwal's petition challenging the ED summonses issued to him.

(With inputs from PTI)

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