Former Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, admitted to the ICU of state-run St George Hospital here after he initially complained of toothache, will be discharged in two or three days.

The veteran NCP leader was arrested in a money-laundering by the Enforcement Directorate about a month ago.

Chhagan Bhujbal
Chhagan Bhujbal

"Bhujbal was shifted from ICU to normal ward this morning after his reports were found to be normal. But we will conduct 'holter monitoring' test after which we will take final call (about discharging). He is expected to be discharged in two-three days," head of medicine unit at the hospital Dr Rohan Sequira said.

Bhujbal's blood pressure was normal and he was under constant monitoring of a team of doctors from St George and JJ Hospitals, Dr Sequira said.

"A team of cardiologists from JJ Hospital had come to examine him. When he was brought to the hospital, his blood pressure was 180/120, way beyond the normal 120/90," he said.

A probe into Bhujbal's admission to St George instead of the mandated JJ Hospital (also govt-run) has revealed that a doctor at the Arthur Road Jail manipulated papers to help the jailed leader.

Dr Rahul Ghule, accused of fudging Bhujbal's case papers, was subsequently shifted out of the Arthur Road jail and sent back to the state Health department and strict action was recommended against him.

Bipin Kumar Singh, IG Prisons, said that Bhujbal was supposed to go to St George Hospital for a dental treatment, but Ghule changed medical papers and recommended that he be admitted there for some other reason.