New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday ordered the director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to constitute a board of doctors immediately to check if the imprisoned Congress leader P Chidambaram requires a sterile environment in a hospital or not, stated news agency PTI.
It must be noted that the board of doctors would include Chidambaram‘s family doctor Nageshwar Reddy from Hyderabad. Besides, the court fixed November 1 as the deadline to submit the examined report.
This court order comes just a day after the former Union minister moved the Delhi High Court seeking interim bail on health grounds in connection with the INX Media money-laundering case. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, on behalf of Chidambaram, mentioned the application before a bench comprising Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar. The bench had listed the next hearing for Thursday, i.e., October 31.
Meanwhile, Chidambaram has sought an interim relief of six days to undergo a medical examination at the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology (AIG) in Hyderabad. According to news agency PTI, Chidambaram, who was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 2017, claimed that he needed “urgent medical treatment for the acute and persistent abdominal pain being experienced” by him since October 5.
Chidambaram had moved the plea for interim relief along with his regular bail plea in the INX Media case. Currently, he is under the ED scanner. Notably, November 4 is the date fixed for the hearing of his regular bail plea, stated news agency PTI.
The INX Media case pertains to an FIR registered by the probe agency for alleged irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance given to INX Media to the tune of Rs 305 crore in 2007 by Chidambaram when he was the Finance Minister. The case was registered on May 15, 2017. Subsequently, Chidambaram was arrested by the CBI on August 21 this year in the case. The 74-year-old Congress leader was produced before a trial court on October 30 upon the expiry of the ED custody.