Former Maharashtra deputy chief minister Chhagan Bhujbal, who has been arrested in a money laundering case, was discharged from St George’s Hospital on Monday afternoon.
Bhujbal is alleged to have got himself admitted to the hospital after he complained of chest pain and high blood pressure though he had informed doctors of a toothache and was supposed to visit the Government Dental College (GDC) on the St George’s Hospital campus.
On Monday, Bhujbal left the hospital in CST without undergoing dental treatment at the GDC.
“His premolar tooth is causing him discomfort as the pulp has gone bad. We can either perform an extraction or a root canal. We offered to perform the root canal but he (Bhujbal) said he will go through it later and not today,” said Dr Mansingh Pawar, the GDC dean.
Doctors at St George Hospital, however, had a different version of the events.
Dr J Bhawani, the medical superintendent of the hospital, said, “He complained of breathlessness at the dental college, so they decided to go for the treatment later. We shifted him to the jail in an ambulance equipped with Ambu Bag.”
An Ambu Bag is a device that help patients witnessing breathlessness.
However, Dr Pawar said the patient denied the treatment as he was not comfortable. Around 2 pm on Monday, Bhujbal left St George Hospital for the jail.
Despite the controversy around his “unwarranted” hospitalisation, a four-member team from Sir JJ Hospital said that Bhujbal’s hospitalisation was clinically needed. He is known to have hypertension.
The prison department had found Dr Rahul Ghule, the doctor at Arthur Road jail, guilty of manipulating records to get Bhujbal admitted to St George when he had complained of toothache. The department moved the doctor out of the jail. A prison department official said, “Ghule manipulated the record and sent Bhujbal to St George.”
The prison department on April 19 had ordered an inquiry into Bhujbal being admitted to St George. Sources said, Bhujbal had initially complained of toothache but was admitted for chest pain and this led to the inquiry.