Held in judicial custody in Tihar Jail for his alleged role in INX Media scam, former finance minister and UPA stalwart P Chidambaram was reportedly shifted to AIIMS, New Delhi after his health deteriorated.
Delhi: Congress leader P Chidambaram has been taken to AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) following deterioration in his health condition. He is currently in Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) remand in connection with the INX media case. (file pic) pic.twitter.com/5gxKDhlGNy
— ANI (@ANI) October 28, 2019
74-year-old Chidambaram was taken to the premier medical institution after he had complained of stomach ache. His condition was found to be stable by the doctors at AIIMS, and he was discharged from the hospital after spending some time there.
The Special Court in Delhi on October 23 extended P Chidambaram’s judicial custody by a week till October 30 in the money laundering case related to INX Media company. He was allowed western toilet, home-cooked food, medicines and a separate cell during his stay in the jail.
Representing Chidambaram, counsel Kapil Sibal in the court argued that the veteran Congress leader was ailing from multiple diseases, including dyslipidemia and irritable bowel disease. He also claimed that Chidambaram lost considerable weight and his health was rapidly deteriorating in Tihar jail. However, the court extended his judicial custody maintaining that he could be shifted to AIIMS if his health deteriorated.
On October 5, P Chidambaram was taken to AIIMS after he complained of stomach ache. However, he was brought back to Tihar Jail the same evening. P Chidambaram was held up in Tihar Jail since September 5 this year in the INX Media scam in which both CBI and ED have been probing his role in the case.
The former Union Minister was arrested by the CBI P Chidambaram on August 21 on the charges of misusing his position as finance minister under UPA regime and granting several clearances to INX Media company which also received overseas funds of Rs 305 crore in 2007, during Chidambaram’s tenure as finance minister.