Chidambaram Suffering from Crohn’s Disease; Moves HC for Bail

Former Union minister P Chidambaram moved the Delhi High Court on Wednesday, 30 October, seeking interim bail on health grounds in the INX Media money-laundering case.

The application was mentioned by senior advocate Kapil Sibal before a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar which allowed it to be listed for hearing on Thursday.

Chidambaram has sought interim relief for six days to enable him to consult and get examined by his regular doctor at the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology (AIG), Hyderabad.

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He has claimed that he needs "urgent medical treatment for the acute and persistent abdominal pain being experienced" by him since 5 October due to Crohn's disease which he was diagnosed with in 2017.

Crohn’s disease refers to the inflammation of the digestive tract leading to abdominal pain, diarrhoea and also weight loss.

According to his bail application, he was examined at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on 7 October and was prescribed an antibiotic and painkillers after which the abdominal pain subsided.

Thereafter, the problem recurred on 22 October and he was examined on 23 October at AIIMS and prescribed a new set of medicines. However, there was no relief from the pain, the application has contended.

Subsequently, he was examined again at AIIMS on 24 October and 26 October and tests were conducted at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital on 28 October, it said.

After the medical test, Chidambaram has been put on steroid treatment for the next 16 weeks, the application has said and added that as his body was not responding to treatment prescribed at AIIMS and hence he be allowed to consult his regular doctor at AIG.

It has also been said that his medical reports were sent to his regular doctor by e-mail and after perusing the same, the doctor has said that the inflammation has increased and Chidambaram needs immediate treatment in a sterile environment.

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The application further said that he has gone from being 73.5 kg to 66 kg due to the ailment.

The plea for interim relief has been moved by Chidambaram in his application seeking regular bail in the INX Media money-laundering case in which he is presently in ED custody.

His plea for regular bail is listed for hearing on 4 November.

The 74-year-old Chidambaram was produced before a trial court on Wednesday, 30 October, on the expiry of his Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody in the case.

He was arrested by the CBI on 21 August in the INX Media corruption case.

The case was registered on 15 May 2017, alleging irregularities in a Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to the INX Media group for receiving overseas funds of Rs 305 crore in 2007 during Chidambaram's tenure as Union finance minister.

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