Amid panic, incarcerated Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader and MLA from Dabwali in Haryana, Ajay Singh Chautala was on Thursday rushed to the cardiac care unit (CCU) of the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi after his blood pressure dipped abnormally.
The INLD leader had recently moved an application in the Delhi high court, seeking bail on medical grounds.
Chautala had contended that he was suffering from atrial fibrillation - a medical condition where two upper chambers of the heart contract excessively and irregularly. Sources said that the superintendent of Tihar jail, where the INLD leader is lodged, rushed him to the Deen Dayal Upadhyay hospital after Chautala complained of drowsiness. He was later shifted to AIIMS.
Ajay's younger brother and Ellenabad MLA Abhey Singh Chautala told HT that his brother was in the CCU of the AIIMS and was stable. "Doctors said that his blood pressure was in the range of 60/90. He has a medical problem and his heartbeat was irregular. In fact, he was undergoing treatment at Medanta for the past three years for this problem. Doctors have advised him surgery," Abhey said.
Ajay was sentenced to 10-year imprisonment in January after he was convicted by a CBI court in the JBT teachers' recruitment case. Recently, he had filed an application before the Delhi high court, seeking bail on medical grounds.
Subsequently, the court had sought a report from the AIIMS and a board of doctors on his medical condition. He was also allowed to visit Medanta hospital in Gurgaon for check-up. His bail plea, which was listed for Thursday, however, could not be taken up as justice Siddharth Mridul was on leave. It will come up for hearing next week. Ajay's father and former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala, who too was sentenced to 10-year imprisonment in JBT teachers' case, has also been granted bail on medical ground. He is recuperating at Medanta Hospital after undergoing a pace-maker implant procedure.
What is atrial fibrillation
The human heart has four chambers - two upper and two lower. The upper chambers are called atria and the lower ventricles. When a person's atria contract at an excessively high rate and in an irregular manner, he is considered to be a patient of atrial fibrillation.