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HC orders Shahabuddin's medical check-up

india Updated: Jul 18, 2006 17:52 IST
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The Patna High Court on Tuesday directed the Bihar medical board to once again conduct health check-up of controversial RJD MP Mohammad Shahabuddin in Siwan jail after some neuro-surgeons short-listed by the court either declined to do so or were found non-existent.

A report was presented to Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad by the court registry that out of a panel of three leading neuro-surgeons of the country -- Dr Maniyar of Breach Candy (Mumbai) and Dr Vikram Kashyap of Sagar Apollo (Bangalore) -- have expressed inability to perform the task due to prior commitments, while the third, Dr AK Jain (AIIMS), turned out to be non-existent.

Out of a list of 11 leading practioners suggested by Shahabuddin's counsel on July four, the bench had short-listed three and requested them to examine the MP at Siwan jail.

This being the situation, Justice Prasad directed the state medical board to once again conduct health check-up of Shahabuddin, who has complained about "serious spinal problem" which has aggravated recently, and submit a report to the court on July 25.

The state medical board had already examined Shahabuddin five times and did not recommend taking the MP outside Siwan for treatment.

The MP, facing over three dozen cases of kidnapping, murder, violations of Arms Act and Wildlife Act, had sought the court's intervention in securing specialised treatment for the spinal problem he was reported to be suffering from for the past 10 years which had aggravated after he was shifted to Siwan from Bhagalpur jail by road.