Ex-minister continues to avoid jail by claiming to be ill, court asks Victoria Hospital for detailed report explaining his actual medical condition by Sept 17
Authorities at the Victoria Hospital are in a tight spot for sheltering under trail prisoner Katta Subramanya Naidu, while doubts are being raised over his illness.
The court has now asked the hospital submit a detailed report explaining the former minister's stay by September 17.
Katta Subramanya, who is the main accused along with his councilor son Katta Jagadish Naidu in a land scam, was remanded to judicial custody last month.
He then allegedly feigned illness to evade a jail term and was hospitalised on August 21.
Justifying his long stay, hospital authorities had said that he had to under go a major surgery, but have now retracted their statement.
Taking note of the hospital's swaying, Justice K N Sudindra Rao, judge of the Lokayukta special court hearing the graft case, asked for a detailed report to be submitted on September 17.
Experts working Dr Balagangadhara Tilak, medical superintendent of Victoria Hospital said that the court has been informed about group of nine expert doctors examining Katta Subramanya.
He added that after they complete their report, it would be placed before the court tomorrow.
Katta Subramanya and Katta Jagadish were sent to Parappana Agrahara Central Jail on August 9 after the Lokayukta special court rejected their bail petitions.
Katta Subramanya complained of chest pains on the night of August 21 and was taken to Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology where the doctors examined him and said he was fine. He then complained of a stomachache and was shifted to Victoria Hospital.
Initially, the doctors refused to admit him because he had a letter from the jail authorities meant for Jayadeva, but obliged after he promised to get the appropriate letter the next day.
He was kept in a special air-conditioned ward with a TV, sofa, kitchen and a separate room for visitors.
However, the hitch was that the hospital could not keep him for more that two days for a stomachache.
Shortly after, a bulletin stating that he was suffering from cervical spondylitis surfaced, stating that he required a surgery.
The hospital asked the court for permission on September 5, announcing that surgery would be conducted on September 9.
After permission was given by the court, the hospital started procrastinating and making excuses like the operation theatre was under repair.
Cold feet? The fact was that Katta Subramanya refused to undergo surgery because of the risk of possible disability if the procedure was unnecessary.
"It is true that Subramanya Naidu is jittery over being operated upon after getting second opinion from his doctors. We were exploring all possible options," said Tilak.
Taking note of the delay, the Lokayukta court asked the hospital and jail authorities to be present at the court yesterday.
Tilak and Jail Superintendent Lakshmi Narayana appeared before the court and the former said that the delay was due to a PET scan that the doctors intended to get done.
Since the Victoria Hospital did not have a PET scanner, it had to be done at another hospital at Katta Subramanya's cost. Tilak was then asked to file an affidavit on his explanation at 4 pm.
The case was then called at 4 pm and Tilak said that the group of expert doctors was examining the former minister and he would go by its report.
The judge then asked him to submit the report on September 17 and adjourned the case.
The possibility of Katta Subramanya being sent back to jail is not ruled out, if the court is not convinced with the hospital's explanation.
Jail beckons Darshan uThe recent developments with Katta Subramanya's case has apparently alarmed authorities of the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases and they are believed to be contemplating on sending film star Darshan, who is admitted there, back to jail.
Darshan is accused of wife beating and has been charged under domestic violence. He was remanded to judicial custody, but is currently in the hospital reportedly being treated for Asthma and Jaundice.
Apparently not wanting to take unnecessary risks, hospital sources said that the authorities were thinking of discharging him as soon as he was better.
"We are examining whether the spasm intensity is reducing. When it is reaches a stage where he can be given oral medication, we will discharge him," said Dr Shashidhar Buggi, director of the institute.