NEW DELHI :
The Delhi High Court on Thursday asked the director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to constitute a medical board, comprising P. Chidambaram’s regular doctor Nageshwar Reddy, to examine the veteran Congress leader’s medical condition and give an opinion on his health. The medical board’s report would be placed before Justice Suresh Kumar Kait on Friday at 2:30 pm.
Chidambaram, suffering from Crohn’s disease, is currently lodged in Tihar Jail in the INX Media case. The former union minister has sought an interim bail to enable him to consult Reddy and pursue treatment at the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology, Hyderabad.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal appearing for the senior Congress leader argued that Chidambaram's medical condition was serious and needed immediate medical attention. But his request for treatment in Hyderabad was vehemently opposed by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Enforcement Directorate, saying AIIMS can provide proper treatment.
A special court on Wednesday sent Chidambaram to judicial custody till 13 November in the INX Media money laundering case filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). He was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on 21 August in the INX Media corruption case.
On 23 October, the Supreme Court set aside a Delhi high court order that granted bail to Chidambaram in the INX Media corruption case registered by the CBI.
On 15 May 2017, the CBI had filed an FIR against Chidambaram for alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearance provided to INX Media for receiving overseas funds of ₹305 crore in 2007, when he was the finance minister. A money laundering case by ED dates back to 2018.