P Chidambram Seeks Interim Bail In INX Media Case As Health Worsens, Finds Prison Food Unpalatable
P Chidambram Seeks Interim Bail In INX Media Case As Health Worsens, Finds Prison Food UnpalatableCongress leader P Chidambaram during an event in New Delhi. (Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times via GettyImages)

Former Finance Minister P Chidambram on Wednesday (30 October) moved the Delhi High Court seeking interim bail in the INX Media on health grounds.

The matter was mentioned before a division bench presided by Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Harishankar who kept it for hearing on Thursday (31 October).

The veteran Congressman lost 7.5 kg -- from 73.5 kg to 66 kg -- since his arrest on 21 August, and was taken to the hospital four-times while in custody.

According to sources, Chidambaram, 74, is suffering from Crohn's disease, which causes inflammation in the digestive tract and can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhoea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition.

The former union minister could not get accustomed to the food being served in the Tihar Jail and has complained of losing weight during the custody. After considering his health conditions and several requests, a Delhi court on 3 October allowed him home-cooked food once a day.

His deteriorating health condition was visible during the court's proceedings too. On the very first day of remand hearing on 22 August, Chidambaram had refused the judge's offer of a chair to sit during the proceedings. But, later he was seen sitting during other proceedings.

According to sources, Crohn's disease was controlled after Chidambaram underwent medical treatment in a Hyderabad hospital. But, it turned acute while he was in the judicial custody in the Tihar Jail.

He was taken to hospital first time on 7 October. He was again taken to hospital on 23 October and 25 October.

On Monday (28 October), Chidambaram was taken to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the fourth visit to a hospital. He was discharged after medication. Early in the day, he was first taken to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and then was shifted to the AIIMS.

Chidambaram is in the Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody till 30 October following his arrest under the Prevention of Money-Laundering Act on 16 October.

Chidambaram is being probed for his alleged involvement in irregularities in granting the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval to INX Media during his term as the Union Finance Minister.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

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