BJP MP and Bollywood actor Hema Malini, injured in an accident in Dausa district of Rajasthan, left for Mumbai on Saturday after being discharged from Fortis Hospital in Jaipur.
According to sources in the hospital, Hema Malini’s condition is better and she was discharged at 930 am on Saturday morning.
Hema Malini, 66, left the hospital through a rear entrance to avoid the media and was driven in an ambulance to the airport, from where she flew to Mumbai in a chartered flight.
"On the request of family members, she was discharged around 930 am," a spokesperson for Fortis Hospital said.
She sustained injuries when her Mercedes car collided with another vehicle on National Highway 11 near Dausa on Thursday night. A two-year-old girl named Sonam was killed and her parents, brother and aunt were injured in the accident.
The actor had undergone surgery for her wounds on Friday. She was also treated for a minor fracture on her nose.
Hema Malini faced criticism for her apparent insensitivity and for not taking the injured family with her to hospital. She later expressed grief at the death of the child and conveyed her condolences to the family.
Talking to the media before leaving the hospital on Saturday, her daughter Esha Deol said: “The incident was quite unfortunate and we extend heartfelt condolences to the family members who are in profound grief over losing their young daughter.
We are taking mother back home to Mumbai as she is recovering.”
Esha Deol and her husband travelled to the airport in another car.
Members of Sonam’s family being treated at Sawai Man Singh (SMS) Hospital are recovering. An official at SMS Hospital official said, “The victims of Dausa accident are out of danger and their condition is improving.”
Hema Malini was travelling from Mathura to Jaipur when her Mercedes collided with an Alto car going from Jaipur to Lalsot on Thursday night.
Mahesh Chand Thakur, who was driving the Mercedes, was arrested and an FIR was filed against him. He was produced before an additional chief judicial magistrate, who granted bail to Thakur.