Tihar Jail responds to the AAP’s accusations of inconsistency regarding Arvind Kejriwal’s medical care.

The ongoing controversy surrounding Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s medical treatment at Tihar jail has intensified, with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) accusing the prison authorities of a flip-flop regarding his health care. AAP Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj reiterated the party’s claim that there is a conspiracy for Kejriwal’s “slow death” in prison.

The continued drama over the health condition of the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who was recently incarcerated at the Tihar jail continues to attract public debate and the Aam Aadmi Party being in the frontline has accused the prison authority of making somersault on the health care treatment of Kejriwal. AAP Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj further insisted on the party’s oft-made assertion that there is a plot against Kejriwal to give him a “slow death” in prison.

In response, the AAP has hosted a letter on their Twitter handle where the Director General of Prisons repeats a request he earlier made to the AIIMS for a senior doctor to attend to Kejriwal contradicting the claims of adequate medical facilities in the jail. I also recall that the Director General of Prisons in New Delhi, Mr Sanjay Baniwal, had sought a senior diabetologist in Kejriwal’s case.

In response to Bharadwaj’s claims, the jail administration stated that they sought a video conferencing with a senior doctor of AIIMS after Sunita Kejriwal who is Kejriwal’s wife requested so. There is purely a perceptions issue regarding his health and a doctor had informed Kejriwal that he can continue with his normal prescribed medication regime.

Bharadwaj and Delhi Minister Atishi had earlier accused the Tihar jail authorities of not providing insulin and doctor’s visit for Kejriwal that implied making him lead a “slow death”. On the other hand, the Tihar jail administration supports its claim by stating that there are available stocks of insulin in jail dispensary which are available to Kejriwal as required.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was arrested on March 21, 2023, for his alleged involvement in a money laundering scandal associated with the Delhi government’s excise policy. Concerning the records of the RML Hospital, there is evidence of the fact that Kejriwal was never prescribed insulin and his health was checked by a specialist several times.

The Tihar administration supported Kejriwal’s statements by denying the Enforcement Directorate’s claims that Kejriwal consumed high-sugar foods every day while in prison, stating that this diet was within the recommendation of Kejriwal’s physician.

In sum, the controversy over Kejriwal required medical treatment persists, and while the AAP claims that the whole thing has been fabricated by the Tihar jailers, the latter has denied the allegations in its turn.

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