Former public works department (PWD) minister Chhagan Bhujbal, accused in a money laundering case and currently in judicial custody at Arthur Road jail, was on Monday afternoon admitted to St George hospital after he complained of chest pain. Doctors found his blood pressure to be very high.
The NCP leader was transferred from jail to the hospital’s medicine department by afternoon after he complained of chest pain. “He told me he has been suffering from chest pain for the last five days. When we checked his BP, it was high,” said treating doctor Rohan Sequira.
Bhujbal’s blood pressure was 180/120 mm Hg, which is also suggestive of hypertension. Normal pressure ranges at 120/80 mm Hg.
On Monday, Bhujbal underwent a series of blood tests and cardiology tests to confirm whether the chest pain was caused by a heart attack. He is currently on medication to stabilise blood pressure following which a decision to shift him to JJ hospital will be taken.
According to medical superintendent at the hospital, Bhujbal also suffered from breathlessness and had a swelling in his feet when he was brought to hospital. He is currently under observation in the intensive care unit.
Last week, the court had granted Bhujbal’s request to eat home cooked food in prison, besides make arrangements for medicines, nebuliser and a mattress for him.