A SPECIAL court Wednesday directed NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal to be transferred from the state-run JJ Hospital to Arthur Road jail immediately. Bhujbal was shifted from the jail on October 28 for two medical tests at JJ Hospital and one at Bombay Hospital. A plea filed by activist Anjali Damania had claimed that Bhujbal continued to remain at the private hospital for almost a month despite completion of the tests. The plea alleged negligence of duty by jail and hospital authorities.
While Bombay Hospital had recommended an angiography for Bhujbal, jail authorities had informed the court that he had refused to undergo it at JJ Hospital.
On Tuesday, Arthur Road jail authorities had approached the court, stating that Bhujbal be directed to call his relatives to the prison for a discussion on the angiography, after which he should inform the jail on his consent for the test at JJ Hospital. In a report submitted by the jail authorities to the court, they said that Bhujbal had refused to undergo the test without a consultation with his family.
The court directed Bhujbal’s transfer back to jail, stating that in case there was a medical emergency, he should be provided with immediate assistance at a government hospital.
Earlier, the court had been informed by Bhujbal’s lawyer that the issue was not that of consent to angiography, but that of being allowed to undergo the test at a hospital of his choice. The court also allowed family members of Bhujbal to visit him in jail and and inform the jail on when he is ready to undergo the angiography at JJ Hospital.