Court extends DSK’s stay at Deenanath Hospital

Mubarak Ansari
Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Pune: Fearing he may die in Sassoon General Hospital (SGH) because there are no proper facilities, builder DS Kulkarni’s lawyer moved an application before the special judge on Tuesday, and the court allowed him to continue his treatment at Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital.  

Pune: Fearing he may die in Sassoon General Hospital (SGH) because there are no proper facilities, builder DS Kulkarni’s lawyer moved an application before the special judge on Tuesday, and the court allowed him to continue his treatment at Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital.  

Meanwhile, the police said his wife Hemanti is not cooperating in the investigation. Kulkarni was shifted to SGH after collapsing in Faraskhana police station’s lock-up on Sunday, but his lawyers had filed an application stating he needs super specialist treatment, following which he was shifted. 

“The air-conditioning system of the ICU (of SGH) was not functioning and the accused was having breathlessness and he was kept on life support system,” DSK’s application stated.

Based on his request, he was shifted to Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital. However, Judge JT Utpat ordered that he be produced before the medical board of SGH at 8 am on Tuesday. 

‘Blood clot in DSK’s brain’
“At Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, Kulkarni’s MRI was done on ‘3 Tesla new generation machine’ for the first time after the episode of unconsciousness. SGH did not have the machine and could not diagnose the cause of his unconsciousness. 

“It is informed by the doctors from Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital that there is a blood clot in his brain, which requires specialised medical treatment and also required repeat of the MRI from time to time to monitor the damage in the brain. Obviously, the said facility is not available in SGH and the accused apprehends that he may die in SGH or there will be a permanent disability of brain,” states Kulkarni’s application filed on Tuesday. 

‘Police didn’t allow injection’
His lawyer alleged that on Tuesday in a hurry to produce him before the medical board at 8 am, the police took him there around 7.30 am without taking proper precautions.

“The accused is suffering from insulin-dependent diabetes and he is required to administer insulin injection every day between 8 am and 8.30 am. The police removed the accused from Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital without giving the insulin injection. It appears shifting of the accused to SGH has been manoeuvred to keep the medical record under secrecy and to conceal negligence. In the past, accused Chandrashekhar Agashe had to die in SGH as he was treated negligently by the doctors and the accused (Kulkarni) has no faith in medical treatment available at SGH, which is ill-equipped to deal with the treatment of the accused,” it reads. 

Public Posecutor Praveen Chavan opposed Kulkarni’s application. “There are good facilities at SGH. It will send the wrong message to common people who prefer to get treatment there,” Chavan argued.

‘Why IO, public prosecutor present in hospital’
Kulkarni’s application alleged that the investigating officer and the special public prosecutor were present in SGH on Sunday and Tuesday. “The accused is in judicial custody and the IO cannot meet him without permission of the court. But the IO and the public prosecutor are playing an active role to monitor medical reports. The court must fix responsibility on the team of doctors/IO so that they do not create papers to show his normalcy in the event of any untoward incident like his death,” the application stated.

The court allowed Kulkarni to continue his treatment at Deenanath Hospital till February 23 and he will be examined by the medical board on the same day. However, the judge asked Kulkarni’s lawyer to not make a ‘prestige issue’ of treatment at SGH. Hemanti will be produced in the court on the same day after  expiry of her police custody. “She is not co-operating and not telling us about the property documents,” a police officer told Sakal Times. 

‘DSK’s condition stable’
Pune: DS Kulkarni was admitted to the special ward at Sassoon General Hospital (SGH) on Tuesday. A 10-member team from the hospital carried out clinical examination on Tuesday morning on him after which he was advised hospitalisation for next two days.

Kulkarni (67) was arrested on Saturday in a cheating case. He was rushed to the hospital in the wee hours on Sunday after he complained of uneasiness and lost his balance in a police lock-up. He was earlier diagnosed with high blood pressure which has affected the blood circulation to the brain too.

Speaking to the media during an interaction on Tuesday, Dr Ajay Chandanwale, Dean of SGH, said that the doctors have carried out the necessary check up and the patient is doing okay. The clinical and radiology finding suggested that the patient, however, needed to be hospitalised. The MRI scan was done at Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital earlier this week.

“The 10-member team of doctors from medicine, surgery, radiology, psychiatry, physician, neurology, orthopaedic, cardiology, pulmonary and superintendent has gone through the primary investigation and has advised the patient for hospitalisation. The report was further submitted to the police,” said Chandanwale.

He added that the patient is not on a ventilator and has been admitted in the special ward (a section of the general ward were convicts are admitted). He also said that the patient was admitted based on findings in Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital and that of SGH as well. “The team has advised further assessment after two days of hospitalisation,” said Chandanwale.

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