Arvind Kejriwal says he needs insulin, calls Tihar health update false

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, jailed in the now-scrapped liquor policy case, said he had been requesting insulin daily due to high blood sugar levels and asserted that his health update provided by the Tihar Jail officials was false.
Arvind Kejriwal says he needs insulin, calls Tihar health update false
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has expressed his disappointment over the Tihar Jail administration's recent statement on his health. He said he had been requesting insulin daily as he is a diabetic patient and has high blood sugar levels.

Earlier, a Tihar Jail source said Kejriwal, in judicial custody in the liquor policy case, had a video consultation with doctors from AIIMS on April 20. The doctors said the Delhi Chief Minister had no "serious health concerns", the source claimed.

In a letter to the Superintendent of Tihar Jail, Kejriwal said his glucose metre reading had a "dangerous" range between 250 and 320. He said the jail administration was lying about his health due to "political pressure".

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Arvind Kejriwal says he needs insulin, calls Tihar health update false

The Chief Minister dismissed the AIIM doctors' assurances that his health was fine and there was no serious concern. He clarified that doctors would provide details on data and the history of his health issues.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has accused the Tihar administration of denying insulin to Kejriwal and a "conspiracy" to "kill" him.

The Tihar Jail administration organised the April 20 video conference at the request of Kejrriwal's wife, Sunita Kejriwal. The jailed Chief Minister's complete record of the glucose monitoring sensor, as well as details of his diet and medicines were checked during the consultation.

The insulin issue, however, was neither raised by Arvind Kejriwal nor suggested by the doctors during the video consultation, the Tihar Jail source said.

On April 19, the Tihar Jail administration submitted a report to Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena, saying the Chief Minister's health was reviewed on April 10 and April 15 by a medicine specialist who advised oral anti-diabetic drugs, and that it's "incorrect to state that Kejriwal was denied insulin at any point" during the treatment.

Recently, there has been an exchange between the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the AAP over Kejriwal's health. The probe agency alleged that the Chief Minister was consuming mangoes, aloo puri and sweets daily despite having Type-2 Diabetes to raise blood sugar level and create a ground for a medical bail.

Kejriwal's lawyer countered the allegations saying he only had mangoes thrice in jail and consumed aloo puri as a Navratra prasad. The statement was made during a hearing at Delhi's Rouse Avenue Court on April 19 on a plea to allow the Chief Minister to get his insulin shots.

On March 21, Arvind Kejriwal was arrested by the ED in the now-scrapped Delhi liquor policy case. He will remain in jail till April 23, when the next hearing will take place.

Source: India Today

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