In the wake of Chhagan Bhujbal getting his stay extended at Bombay Hospital by up to 35 days, Enforcement Directorate conducted a surprise check at the to find out whether former deputy chief minister Bhujbal was receiving `preferential treatment’. But a shocking blame game appeared as a justification of what looked to be a massive cover-up, as per the reports by Mumbai Mirror.
Bhujbal who was one of the accused in the multi-crore money laundering case, checked into the Bombay Hospital on November 2 for a medical test (thallium scan) that requires barely a few hours, but what took the medical extension to as long as 35 days? On Friday and Saturday, the ED officials visited the hospital and spoke for nearly an hour to doctors, and also to Bhujbal. According to a source associated with the probe, the ED sleuths took note of the “highly luxurious suite” allotted to Bhujbal (room number 1360, on the 13th floor).
On the contrary, all the parties involved, that includes the state-run JJ Hospital, the Bombay Hospital and the Arthur Road jail, have refused to accept that they are the ones who decide how long Bhujbal should remain in hospital.
Cardiologist Dr BK Goyal of Bombay Hospital says that there is no question of the hospital giving anyone preferential treatment, they were just doing their job to provide treatment to Bhujbal. He also added, the findings of the test report were forwarded to the JJ Hospital authorities as earlier as November 4 and then they were supposed to tell them about the next move, either to them or to jail authorities.
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On the other hand, the jail authorities are blaming the hospitals for not releasing Bhujbal saying that their hands are tied unless they do so.”It is up to the Bombay Hospital and the JJ Hospital doctors, who are the competent authority, to give an opinion on Bhujbal’s health. There is no preferential treatment to anyone from our end. The JJ and Bombay Hospital doctors should coordinate with us in a better manner,” BK Upadhyay, Additional Directorate General of Police (Prisons) said.