Tainted IPS officer AK Jain and his chartered accountant Prasanna Lodha were shifted from the intensive cardiac-care unit (ICCU) to the general wards of JJ hospital on Tuesday. One of them is in the medical students’ ward. Although both the convicts are prisoners of Arthur Road jail, they have not been sent to the prisoners’ ward.
The two were recently convicted in a 13-year-old bribery case. They were admitted to the ICCU of JJ hospital on Saturday. Jain and Lodha were brought to the hospital with complaints of chest pain and haematemesis (bouts of vomiting blood) respectively. When MiD DAY visited the hospital yesterday, it was found that one of the convicts has been given a room especially reserved for medical students, with a few police personnel posted outside.
The other convict has been shifted to a special room inside general ward number XI of the hospital. Nobody except for police personnel and hospital staff are allowed entry into these rooms. According to the doctors, the condition of the convicts has improved, and so they were shifted out of the ICCU.
Even though senior authorities at the hospital claimed that both the convicts are fit for discharge, doctors treating them said a few more tests were required. Jain and Lodha will be serving their five-year sentences at Arthur Road jail. Though their medical reports were to be evaluated on Monday to confirm their date of discharge, their stay was extended till today.
Dr Hemant Gupta, senior physician, general medicine unit, is currently treating both patients. He said, “The patients have been shifted to the general ward as their condition has improved a little. They will be kept in the general ward until the pending tests are completed. Both patients will surely be discharged by Thursday morning.” Dr Gupta refused to comment on why the patients were not shifted to the prisoners’ ward. Dr T P Lahane, dean JJ group of hospitals refused to comment on the issue.