Former finance minister P ChIdambaram (HT file)
Former finance minister P ChIdambaram (HT file)

Ex-FM need not be hospitalized, says HC citing AIIMS report

  • The court cited a report by AIIMS which said the senior Congress leader need not be admitted to a hospital
  • Chidambaram had sought interim bail on the grounds of ill-health, saying he wanted to be treated at the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology in Hyderabad

NEW DELHI : The Delhi High Court (HC) on Friday disposed of an interim bail application by former finance minister P. Chidambaram in the INX Media money laundering case.

The court cited a report by the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), which said the senior Congress leader need not be admitted to a hospital.

Justice Suresh Kumar Kait issued directions to the Tihar jail superintendent to keep Chidambaram’s cell clean, and provide him with mineral water, etc.

Chidambaram, currently lodged in Tihar, had sought interim bail on the grounds of ill-health, saying he wanted to be treated at the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology in Hyderabad.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal appearing for Chidambaram said his 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 could provide proper treatment.

On Wednesday, a special court sent Chidambaram to judicial custody till 13 November in the INX Media money laundering case filed by the Enforcement Directorate.

He was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation on 21 August in the INX Media corruption case.

On 23 October, the apex court had set aside a Delhi high court order, which had granted bail to Chidambaram in the INX Media corruption case registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation.

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