Former union minister Sukhram, convicted in a 1993 telecom scam and ordered to surrender, has slipped into coma, his counsel told a Delhi Court which deferred the matter for Saturday.
"He has gone into coma, he cannot move from hospital," his counsel told Special CBI Judge Dharmesh Sharma.
Meanwhile, doctors attending the former union minister said he is not in a state of coma, contradicting his counsel's submission in a court. "It may be clarified that Shri Sukhramji was never in coma while in hospital," Dr Wasi U Khan, Medical Superintendent, Metro Heart Institute, Lajpat Nagar, where Sukhram is admitted, said in a statement.
"His condition is generally stable other than mild drowsiness because of low sodium," Dr Sandeep Chatrath Group Chief, Metro Group of Hospitals, said.
Sukhram, 86, was directed by the supreme Court to surrender before the trial court yesterday but he avoided the same citing medical reasons. His counsel had submitted that Sukhram was hospitalised after undergoing computerised tomography (CT) angiography.
Special Judge Sharma deferred the matter for Saturday as concerned Special CBI Judge Sanjiv Jain was on leave on Friday.
"As the applicant/convict has gone into coma and judge incharge is on leave and is joining his duty tomorrow let the matter be put up for consideration before him tomorrow at 10 am," Special Judge Sharma said.
The two other convicts - fomer bureaucrat Runu Ghosh and Hyderabad-based businessman P Rama Rao-were sent to jail.