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Lalu Yadav says ‘don’t want to go’ after AIIMS refers him back to Ranchi hospital, alleges political conspiracy

RJD chief Lalu Yadav has been convicted in three fodder scam cases in which he has sentenced to consecutive rigorous prison terms of seven years each under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 30, 2018 5:04:24 pm
RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, who was discharged from AIIMS in New Delhi, left for Ranchi on Monday. (Express photo/Praveen Khanna) RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, who was discharged from AIIMS in New Delhi, left for Ranchi on Monday. (Express photo/Praveen Khanna)

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Monday referred Lalu Prasad Yadav back to Ranchi hospital saying he is now stable and fit to travel. The RJD chief, however, is not keen to undergo treatment in Jharkhand capital. In a statement issued Monday, AIIMS said: “Lalu Prasad Yadav was referred to AIIMS for management of his acute medical condition. He has improved significantly and is being referred back to Ranchi Medical College for management of his chronic issues. He is currently stable and is fit to travel.”

The referral has come despite a letter from the RJD chief urging the administration to let him stay in the hospital. Lalu, in his letter, said, “I don’t want to be shifted back to Ranchi hospital, as that hospital is not properly equipped to treat my ailments.”

“I am being shifted to a place where there are no proper health facilities. It is a tough time but I will face it,” he told reporters after leaving the hospital.

READ | Rahul Gandhi meets Lalu Yadav in AIIMS

Former Bihar deputy CM and Lalu’s son Tejashwi Yadav, too, said his father should remain in AIIMS for treatment.  “The decision to shift Laluji from AIIMS to Ranchi Hospital has been taken in haste. AIIMS is much better and I wonder why this decision has been taken. Only AIIMS authorities can reveal the reason behind the sudden transfer of Laluji,” he said.

To protest against the AIIMS’ decision, RJD supporters created ruckus in the hospital premises, alleging that there is a conspiracy to “murder” their party leader. Protesters broke a glass door, abused security guards and administration officials, hospital sources alleged.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi met RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav at AIIMS in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI) Congress president Rahul Gandhi met RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav at AIIMS in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI)

Party MP Jai Prakash Narayan Yadav said the hospital appeared to be acting under the pressure of central agencies like the CBI. “It seems there is a conspiracy to murder him. Why they are discharging him when he is not fit yet,” Yadav said.

Hospital authorities, on the other hand, filed a complaint with the Delhi Police over the protests by RJD supporters in the premises.

Lalu Yadav is reportedly suffering from diabetes, high creatinine levels and blood pressure. A medical board at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS), Ranchi, where 69-year-old Lalu was being treated, referred him to AIIMS for further treatment on Sunday.

Earlier in the day, Congress president Rahul Gandhi visited the former Bihar CM at AIIMS and enquired about his health.

Lalu has been convicted in four fodder scam cases, and sentenced to consecutive rigorous prison terms under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act.

(With PTI inputs)

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