Atishi Alleges Plot to Harm CM Arvind Kejriwal, Jail Authorities Deny Claims

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New Delhi, 19th April 2024: Delhi Cabinet Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Atishi accused jail authorities of not providing Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with necessary medical care, including home-cooked food and insulin, while he is in custody. Atishi claimed that Kejriwal, who has type 2 diabetes, was being denied access to these necessities and that his blood sugar levels remained high, above 300 mg/dL.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had earlier reported that Kejriwal’s dietary habits included high-sugar foods such as mangoes and sweets daily, suggesting that this might be an attempt to create grounds for medical bail or a hospital transfer. Jail authorities, however, refuted these claims, stating that Kejriwal’s health was stable and that he was being monitored by two doctors. Additionally, Kejriwal was said to be receiving home-cooked food and medicines as per court orders.

In response to Atishi’s statements, the Tihar jail administration maintained that Kejriwal’s fasting sugar level was within acceptable limits and never exceeded 300. They also stated that 250 other diabetic patients, including Kejriwal, were receiving adequate care from doctors in the jail.

Atishi further accused the ED of misrepresenting Kejriwal’s diet and claimed he was allowed tea and sweets made with the sweetener “Erythritol,” as prescribed by his doctors. The AAP leader emphasized Kejriwal’s long-standing diabetes condition and the necessity for his daily insulin doses.

Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena directed the Director General of Prisons to submit a comprehensive report on the matter, ensuring that no negligence regarding Kejriwal’s health would be tolerated.

Kejriwal was arrested by the ED on March 21 in connection with the Delhi Excise Policy case, and his judicial custody was extended until April 23. The ED accused AAP of being the primary beneficiary of funds from the alleged liquor scam.