Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Given Insulin in Jail After 23 Days as Blood Sugar Spikes

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal receives insulin in Tihar jail, sparking political tensions between AAP and BJP over his medical care. AIIMS doctors now overseeing his treatment.

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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Given Insulin in Jail After 23 Days as Blood Sugar Spikes

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Given Insulin in Jail After 23 Days as Blood Sugar Spikes

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who has been jailed in Tihar since April 1 in connection with an excise policy case, was administered a low dose of insulin on Monday evening after his blood sugar levels increased to 217 mg/dl. This marks the first time Kejriwal has received insulin during his 23 days in custody.

According to Tihar jail officials, the decision to provide Kejriwal with insulin was made based on the advice of doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). "The AIIMS doctors had advised the Tihar doctors to give Kejriwal insulin if his sugar level crossed a certain level. Kejriwal's blood sugar level was found to be 217 around 7 pm on Monday, following which the Tihar doctors decided to give him the insulin dose," a jail official stated.

Leaders from Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have welcomed the development, attributing it to the blessings of Lord Hanuman on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti. Delhi Cabinet Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj alleged that jail officials were deliberately withholding insulin from Kejriwal earlier, but were compelled to administer it now due to "the blessings of Hanuman." Kejriwal's wife, Sunita Kejriwal, also visited a temple to offer prayers on Hanuman Jayanti.

However, the BJP has dismissed the AAP's claims, with Delhi BJP president Virendra Sachdeva accusing AAP leaders of trying to garner public sympathy over Kejriwal's health. The BJP maintains that Kejriwal's sugar levels are under control in jail and that he did not raise the demand for insulin during video consultations with AIIMS doctors.

In a letter to the jail administration, Kejriwal disputed the claims, stating that he had repeatedly raised the issue of insulin for 10 days, but the administration issued a "false and misleading" statement under "political pressure." AAP sources said Kejriwal's sugar levels increased thrice during the day, ranging from 250 to 320.

The Delhi High Court had earlier rejected Kejriwal's plea seeking daily insulin and video consultations for his diabetes. The court directed AIIMS to constitute a medical board to examine Kejriwal's health and ordered the jail authorities to ensure he receives all necessary medical treatment.

Why this matters: The arrest of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, a prominent opposition leader, just weeks before India's general election has sparked allegations of political motivations. The controversy surrounding his access to medical care while in custody has further intensified the political tensions between the ruling BJP and opposition parties.

As the situation continues to unfold, AAP leaders maintain that Kejriwal's life is under threat and accuse the central government of deliberately denying him proper medical treatment. The jail administration asserts that all inmates, including Kejriwal, receive necessary medical care and that there is no shortage of medicines. With the court-ordered medical board from AIIMS now overseeing Kejriwal's treatment, the focus remains on ensuring his health and well-being while he remains in custody.

Key Takeaways

  • Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi CM, received insulin in Tihar jail due to high blood sugar.
  • AIIMS doctors advised Tihar jail to administer insulin if Kejriwal's sugar levels crossed a limit.
  • AAP claims jail officials deliberately withheld insulin, BJP dismisses it as political sympathy.
  • Delhi HC rejected Kejriwal's plea for daily insulin, ordered AIIMS to examine his health.
  • Kejriwal's arrest and medical care in custody have intensified political tensions in India.