Thapar was arrested by the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) on charges of playing a “key role” in laundering more than `500 crore in the
loan fraud case.
He has been in custody since August 3 last year. Thapar had sought interim relief on medical grounds, which the court had rejected on May 19. In a separate order, the special CBI Judge has described the concluding portion of the jail medical officer’s report as “disturbing in nature” In the medical report dated April 29, the medical officer concluded that Thapar “continues to have persistent left-sided chest pain, palpitations, ghabrahat (fear), vertigo, blackouts, (and) severe lumbar pain. Previous patient records show severe comorbidities. Any delay in further investigations and intervention may lead to irreversible damage.”
Expressing concern over these findings, the special CBI judge said, “in the backdrop of the medical report given by the medical officer in-charge, it becomes necessary to know if Gautam Thapar in this case is being provided with sufficient medical care, as per his requirements.”
“Therefore, the DG (Prisons), Tihar, New Delhi is directed to file a report in the backdrop of the above-mentioned observations of the medical officer in-charge, as to why there is any scope of delay in further investigations and intervention for proper medical treatment of Gautam Thapar and why such apprehension came into existence on the part of the medical officer,” according to the order, which ET has reviewed. The DG (Prisons) has been directed to submit the report within 15 days “positively without fail”. In a related development, the Delhi High Court on Friday granted eight weeks interim bail to Thapar for treatment.
Denying interim bail to Thapar on medical grounds, the special CBI court on May 19 had ruled: “It would not be out of place to mention here that in our country, many people who have sitting job or otherwise are either suffering from back pain or vertigo or palpitation, which are lifestyle diseases and can be easily managed by administration of the medicines. Therefore, the same cannot be said to be any serious sickness by any stretch of imagination.”
As per the medical report furnished by Tihar jail authorities, Thapar is suffering from vertigo, lower back pain, chest pain on the left-hand side, palpitations and blackout.