Matka king’s former wife has been in hospital for half the time since arrest

Jaya Chedda Bhagat,on trial for the murder of her former husband Suresh Bhagat,matka king,has spent 359 days under treatment in various hospitals since her arrest in August 2008,sources say.

Written by Pritha Chatterjee | Mumbai | Published:August 20, 2010 12:36 am

Jaya Chedda Bhagat,on trial for the murder of her former husband Suresh Bhagat,matka king,has spent 359 days under treatment in various hospitals since her arrest in August 2008,sources say.

Jaya Bhagat is now in Jaslok Hospital,transferred there April 3 after 167 days in JJ Hospital. “She needed an investigation called cystoscopy for urinary problems,” JJ Hospital dean Dr Lahane. “We had the facilities to conduct the test,but she was transferred since there was a High Court order.”

Bhagat was referred from JJ Hospital with urinary outlet symptoms caused by a hypotonic bladder with urethral stricture,but investigations at Jaslok revealed other problems — urinary,psychiatric,and orthopaedic—- says a July 17 letter by Dr JG Lalmani,consultant urologist. It adds “the patient is currently on anti platelet agents or blood thinners”,treatment prescribed for cardiac problems. It does not mention specific complications,but says she needs “continued medical treatment.”

After Bhagat’s counsel on June 29 sought an extended stay at Jaslok Hospital,the court ordered the police to investigate. Sources said the inquiry began August 2.

As per hospital records accessed by Newsline for her stay at Jaslok,her orthopaedic problems involve a severe knee pain. On August 13,she was “given the option of surgery,namely,high tibial osteotomy,for which the patient will have to be operated on both knees,one at a time,with an interval of six weeks between two operations,since she will be non-weight-bearing on the opposite side for that much period.” The same note adds she gave her verbal consent to the surgery.

Dr Lalmani’s letter says her orthopaedic problems are being handled by Dr S S Vengsarkar. Another record in the hospital says Bhagat had “breast discharge-intraductural papilloma”; yet another says “it was probably a side effect of the psychiatric medicines”. Interestingly,an August 17 hospital record says “no surgical intervention is required; that the patient should not “sit cross-legged” and “avoid stairs if possible.”

Jaslok medical director Admiral S K Mohanty said,“The patient was refereed for investigations into her urinary infection. Her stay was extended for other complications she later developed.”

“Bhagat has been hospitalised a number of times. More than the urinary infection,the problems are due to the liposuction surgery she had undergone a while ago,” said Bhagat’s counsel Sudeep Pasbola.

Police officials questioned the extended hospital stay. “We have a feeling that she is trying to mislead authorities with the constant extensions she seeks on medical grounds. We have put our view across to the court several times,” said Deven Bharti,Addl CP (Crime).

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