Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda and his ex-cabinet colleague Kamlesh Kumar Singh, both in jail, have been admitted to a local hospital on Wednesday.
They complained of body pain and breathlessness and had been taken to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) for a check-up.
This happened only after the special vigilance court granted permission for it, Central Jail Superintendent Deepak Vidyarthi told Hindustan Times. “The formal medical check-up of Koda and Singh will begin on Thursday,” said Dr Rajendra Kumar Jha, who is treating them.
On Tuesday, Special Vigilance Judge Binoy Kant Khan granted permission to the central jail authorities for taking the duo to the RIMS for the medical check-up.
The judge, however, asked the jail and hospital authorities not to allow anyone other than investigators to meet Koda and Singh in the hospital.
“Only officials of investigating agencies can meet Koda and Singh for the purpose of interrogation during their custody period,” the court said.
The court, in its order, also pointed out that the investigating officers could interrogate Koda and Singh on the hospital premises if the doctors treating them allowed it. Earlier, the same court had granted permission to the vigilance bureau to interrogate Koda and Singh from December 5 to 12 on the jail premises.
On Tuesday, the jail authorities sought permission from the special court to shift Koda and Singh to the hospital on the basis of the recommendations of a two-member medical board.
Koda and Singh were arrested on November 30 by the Jharkhand vigilance bureau on the charges of amassing assets disproportionate to known sources of income.
While Koda was remanded to judicial custody on the same day, Singh was sent to jail on December 1.