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Delhi court notes home meals of Arvind Kejriwal deviating from prescribed diet after ED’s Mango argument

Enforcement Directorate (ED) counsel Zoheb Hossain said that the agency would like to file a response to Kejriwal’s application.

Senior Advocate Ramesh Gupta, appearing for Kejriwal, objected to the same.

“What has ED got to do with it? It is between us and the jail authorities and Court,” Gupta contended.

Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi then explained the diabetic condition of Kejriwal.

“It is a well known fact that he suffers from diabetes. For 22 years he has got insulin everyday. He was being given insulin everyday. From February, well before my arrest, an insulin reversal programme started. It has to be monitored very very minutely. It is common ground that I am unable to follow the programme in jail. I have said repeatedly that only my doctor can monitor it minutely,” Singhvi said.

My only prayer is that I be allowed to consult my doctor, Singhvi contended.

Kejriwal also refuted the allegation by ED that he was deliberately eating mangoes and sweets and taking tea with sugar so as to raise his blood sugar level and use that as a ground to secure bail on medical grounds.

Singhvi said that Mangoes were included in only 3 out of the 48 meals which were sent to jail from his home.

“The allegations is that I have been consuming mangoes… Out of 48 meals sent from home, only three times mangoes were there,” the Senior Advocate submitted.

He also said that sugar level contained in Mangoes is very less.

“No mangoes have been sent after April 8. The mangoes have been made to look like sugar bullets. Their sugar level is much less than brown rice or white rice,” Singhvi told the Court.

The ED, it was argued, wants to do a media trial.

“Their submission was only for media news,” Singhvi alleged.

He further berated ED claiming that the agency was behaving in a petty and malicious manner.

“I only use sugar free in my tea. How petty, political and ridiculous ED can be? Their statements are completely false and malicious. Just because you have a lot of influence in the media you are able to publish that I am having aloo puri even though this meal was sent once during pooja,” Singhvi argued.

Such pettiness was never seen before for 75 years of democracy, he further said.

“We have had democracy for 75 years but I am seeing such an approach for the first time. Never seen such kind of pettiness,” he said.

Singhvi further demanded whether prisoners have no right to good health.

“Am I a gangster that I cannot even be allowed to have 15 minutes VC consultation with my doctor? Just because I am a prisoner I have no right to a dignified life and good health,” he asked.

The ED counsel Hossain once again sought permission to make submissions but Gupta objected.

“They are not a party. They are having press conference before coming here. Jail lawyer is here. Why should ED be heard? They are saying aam aadmi aam kha raha hai. Kya khaenge? Mushroom? Aaj Hindustan Times m aadha page bhara hua hai,” Gupta contended.

However, Hossain pointed out that ED has been made a party to the application.

“Registry ne bola inko party banao. Hamne nahi banaya (Registry told us to make ED a party. We did not do it on our own),” Gupta said.

“Aap baith jaiye sir (please take your seat Sir. You cannot intimidate me,” Hossain responded.

He then submitted that the that the content of Kejriwal’s diet does not match the prescribed diet of the doctor.

“The diet chart has no reference to sweets or sweet fruits. The diet appears to be very regulated and strict. Therefore, there is direct correlation between his submission that he is having an alarming rise in his sugar level and his diet,” it was submitted.

The counsel for Tihar jail, Yoginder Handoo, also said that he should follow the prescribed diet and should avoid mangoes.

“There was no stipulation in his diet that he should have fruit or anything. In fact, he is not following the diet. We have also got an opinion from AIIMS. According to this, he should avoid mangoes. He should follow this diet. There is no need for insulin. In fact, if he takes insulin, sugar level will go down drastically,” it was submitted.

Handoo also stated that Kejriwal when was brought to jail, had said that he was not taking Insulin anymore.

“When he (Kejriwal) was admitted he said he was taking insulin earlier but he is not anymore. On the whole the blood sugar level has maintained,” it was contended.

Handoo further said that the home cooked food sent to Kejriwal will have to strictly be in compliance with the diet prescribed by All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

“AIIMS report says he has to avoid Mangoes, cheeku, banana etc. in fact the home cooked food should follow this diet. Otherwise, I will have to make a suggestion that home cooked food is not permitted as per the jail rules,” it was submitted.

The Court was not impressed and made it clear that the home cooked meals sent to Kejriwal were not in compliance with the prescribed diet.

Singhvi pressed for VC consultation with doctor.

“What is jail doctor’s opinion on providing insulin,” the Court asked.

His prescription said he has been off insulin for some years,” the jail counsel replied.

“No. He had insulin on February 1, 2024,” Gupta retorted.

“That was a one off event. If he is given insulin now he will have Hypoglycemic reaction,” Handoo said.

The Court suggested that a medical board examine Kejriwal.

“We can constitute a medical board. Let him be examined by a third person,” Jugde Baweja said before reserving her verdict in the matter.

Source: Barandbench

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