Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh's imprisonment at Tihar jail hinges on the outcome of jail doctors report on his health condition. A Delhi court on Thursday directed the jail authorities to table the report by Friday morning — as Singh's counsel pleaded for early decision on his interim bail plea.
Special judge Sangita Dhingra Sehgal hearing the 2008 cash-for-vote scam said, "I want to see a physical report from Tihar officials giving a detailed account of Singh's medical condition".
Counsel for Singh pleaded that prison conditions will worsen Singh's health — as he is surviving on borrowed kidneys. "Since July this year, his health has worsened. He is sharing a toilet with many inmates. He is prone to deadly infection. Do you not want to see him facing the trial?" said the Singh's counsel.
Surprisingly, the Delhi police counsel did not object to Singh's bail plea. "After filing the chargesheet we have not sought for his remand. We have verified Singh's medical reports - they are authentic," said the counsel for police.
Pleading for Singh's release on health grounds, his counsel said Singh is suffering from urinary tract infection, which might worsen, as his health condition needs monitored at regular intervals.
He added, "His condition might lead to kidney failure completely. He is advised to keep himself in an infection-free environment which cannot be guaranteed by the jail
The court, after hearing the arguments, listed the matter for further hearing on September 12 — but Singh's counsel insisted on early disposal of the matter, and sought for an early hearing on Friday.
The court allowed Singh's counsel to proceed ahead with his arguments once the jail officials file their report.