Chidambaram Fine, Need Not Be Hospitalised: AIIMS Board

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New Delhi: AIIMS Medical Board informed the Delhi High Court on Friday that the health of former finance minister P Chidambaram is fine and he need not be hospitalised.

Chidambaram is suffering from Crohn's disease and lodged in Tihar jail in the INX Media money laundering case.

The court was hearing 74-year old Chidambaram's plea for interim bail in the case, filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), on medical grounds saying his condition is deteriorating and he needs to be in a sterile environment.

After going through the report, the court directed the Tihar Jail Superintendent that the surroundings of Chidambaram should be clean and hygienic and he should be provided home-cooked food, mineral water, mosquito protection net and repellant and that his dwelling area be cleaned twice a day.

The court added that he should be provided face mask which he can wear, if the need arises.

Chidambaram has sought interim relief for six days to enable him to consult and get examined by his regular doctor, Reddy, at the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology (AIG) in Hyderabad.

He has claimed that he needs "urgent medical treatment for the acute and persistent abdominal pain being experienced" by him since October 5 due to Crohn's disease which he was diagnosed with in 2017.

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