Former minister Sukh Ram not in coma: Hospital



New Delhi: Former Union Minister Sukh Ram, convicted in a 1993 telecom scam and ordered to surrender, is not in a state of coma, doctors attending on him said, contradicting his counsel's submission in a court here that he cannot move from hospital as he is in a coma.

"It may be clarified that Shri Sukhramji was never in coma while in hospital," Dr Wasi U Khan, Medical Superintendent, Metro Heart Institute, Lajpat Nagar, where Sukh Ram is admitted, said in a statement.

"His condition is generally stable other than mild drowsiness because of low sodium," Dr Sandeep Chatrath Group Chief, Metro Group of Hospitals, said.

The former minister's counsel told the Delhi High court today that Sukh Ram "has gone into coma, he cannot move from hospital".

Sukh Ram, was directed by the Supreme Court to surrender before the trial court yesterday but he expressed inability to do so citing medical reasons.

The former telecom minister was admitted to the Metro Heart Institute on December 31, 2011, after he complained of severe chest pain.

PTI