Updated: May 14, 2022 2:18:36 am
A special court on Friday allowed NCP Minister Nawab Malik to be taken to a private hospital for treatment.
A report was submitted by state-run JJ hospital in Mumbai that certain medical tests that Malik needs to undergo cannot be availed at the hospital. Malik’s lawyers had sought that the minister be allowed to shift to a private hospital where he has been undergoing treatment for years for his various ailments at his own expense. The court had last week directed that Malik be taken to JJ hospital for tests and further treatment.
Special Judge R N Rokade directed the superintendent of Arthur Road jail, where Malik is lodged, to admit him to Criticare Hospital. The court also said that Malik will be escorted by the police, the expenses for which will also be borne by him.
“Superintendent of Arthur Road Jail is also directed to ascertain the status of the health condition of the accused on weekly basis. If the accused recovers and the doctor advises discharge, immediately the jail superintendent is directed to shift the accused to Arthur Road Jail,” the court said.
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It further directed medical officers or the private hospital to take a proper decision about Malik’s treatment and how long he needs to be hospitalised and also submit a report to the court. It allowed his daughter to remain present at the hospital.
On Friday, Malik’s lawyers and the counsel for the ED, told the court that over the past week, Malik was taken to JJ hospital and Sion hospital for tests but was not admitted despite the court’s order. Malik’s lawyer said that instead of being taken from one hospital to another, he should be made to undergo all tests and get treated at the hospital where he has previously undergone treatment and the doctors are aware of his medical history.
Malik, who has been behind bars since February after being arrested by the ED in connection with a money laundering case, had last month filed an interim bail plea for six weeks and sought permission to be referred to a private hospital for surgery. On May 2, he was taken to the hospital after he fell ill. He was later discharged and sent back to jail.
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