avantha group: the Court requests the opinion of the general manager of Tihar on the medical report of Gautam Thapar

A special CBI tribunal has requested a report from the Director General (Prisons) of Tihar Prison on a medical report prepared by the doctor in charge of the central prison on the current health condition of Avantha Group promoter Gautam Thapar.

Thapar was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for playing a ‘key role’ in laundering over 500 crore into the

loan fraud case.

He has been detained since August 3. Thapar had requested an interim measure on medical grounds, which the court rejected on May 19. In a separate order, the CBI special judge described the final part of the prison doctor’s report as “disturbing in nature”. In the medical report dated April 29, the doctor concluded that Thapar “continues to suffer from persistent left-sided chest pain, palpitations, ghabrahat (fear), dizziness, blackouts and (and) severe lower back pain. Previous patient records show serious comorbidities. Any delay in investigations and additional interventions may lead to irreversible damage.

Expressing concern over these findings, the CBI Special Judge said: “In the context of the medical report submitted by the doctor in charge, it becomes necessary to know whether Gautam Thapar in this case is receiving sufficient medical care, in accordance with his requirements.”

“Therefore, the DG (Prisons), Tihar, New Delhi is requested to file a report in the context of the above observations of the doctor in charge, explaining why there is a delay in further investigations and interventions for the proper medical treatment of Gautam Thapar and why such apprehension arose on the part of the doctor,” according to the order, which ET reviewed. The DG (Prisons) was instructed to submit the report within 15 days “positively without fail.” In a related development, the Delhi High Court on Friday granted Thapar an eight-week bail for processing.

Denying Thapar’s interim release on medical grounds, the CBI special tribunal ruled on May 19: back pain or dizziness or palpitations, which are lifestyle-related illnesses and can be easily managed by administering medication. Therefore, it cannot be said to be a serious disease by any stretch of the imagination.

According to the medical report provided by Tihar prison authorities, Thapar suffers from dizziness, lower back pain, left side chest pain, palpitations and fainting.