New Delhi: Suresh Kalmadi, lodged in Tihar
jail for nearly three months in connection with the
multi-crore Commonwealth Games scam, was today admitted to
AIIMS for a medical check-up after a five-hour wait.
Chased by mediapersons, the 67-year-old MP from Pune,
who arrived at AIIMS premises here around 10 AM today, even
tripped on the stairs as he was rushing to the Cardio Neuro
Tower of the hospital, where he was admitted in a private ward
at around 3.30 PM.
On July 28, the sacked CWG organising committee
chairman was advised by doctors to be admitted at the hospital
for a "short duration" in order to undergo a "complete
evaluation" after he complained of dizziness.
"Kalmadi has been admitted in room number 1001 of the
CN Tower building of the hospital. He is there for medical
investigations after he complained of dizziness on July 12," a
jail official said.
The official said that "delay in completion of few
hospital formalities led to late admission."
Jail authorities were asked to deposit an amount of Rs
12,000 towards fees for conducting various tests. They were
also asked to produce his CGHS card and ID card before
admission. All of this led to the delay, he said.
A three-member team of doctors including, neurologist
Dr M V Padma, cardiologist Dr Rakesh Yadav and Dr Aarti Vij,
has been formed to conduct the investigations.
"He is admitted with us. He has several problems like
diabetes, cardio related.... We will conduct all
investigations of his physical condition. After that we can
say anything about his health condition. He is here for a
medical check-up. But this does not mean that he is suffering
from dementia," Dr M V Padma, Professor, Department of
Neurology, AIIMS said.
On his last visit to the hospital on July 28, Kalmadi
had dismissed all reports of his being unwell and had said
that his condition was "all right" and all that is being heard
about him "is wrong".
When asked today why was he was being admitted,
Kalmadi retorted, "Ask the doctors. Can`t I have a check-up?".
Kalmadi was first taken to Deen Dayal Upadhyay
Hospital on July 12. After tests, the hospital referred him to
Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital to undergo an MRI test of the
brain. The MRI was done on July 19.
The test results stated in medical jargon, "Diffused
cerebral atrophy with old ischemic changes in brain parenchyma
with calcified granuloma in caudothalamic groove on left side
(of his brain)".
"After reading the MRI reports, DDU doctors advised us
to show him to a good neuro specialist either at AIIMS or GB
Pant hospital. Kalmadi, being an MP, requested in writing to
be admitted to AIIMS. That is why he has been taken there for
further treatment," the jail official said.