Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Chhagan Bhujbal, who is in judicial custody in a money laundering case, was admitted to St George Hospital on Monday after he complained of chest pain.
“He has been admitted to the intensive care unit after he complained of chest pain,” said Dr J Bhawani, medical superintendent of the hospital. Hospital sources stated that Bhujbal’s blood pressure was high - 180/120 - when he was admitted.
“He complained of breathlessness while walking and has a swelling in his leg. He is in the ICU and his condition is stable,” said Dr Rohan Sequira, the physician attending to Bhujbal.
Dr Sequira said that an ECG has revealed that the NCP leader’s heart is enlarged. “His cardiac enzymes are borderline positive, which indicates that his heart function may be compromised. He will be discharged only after his blood pressure is normal. He is also a diabetic and hypertensive,” he said, adding that the leader may have to undergo an angiography, once his condition settles.
Bhujbal was arrested by the enforcement directorate (ED) on March 14 in a money laundering case related to the controversial deal of the state government with a private developer. He was lodged at the Arthur Road jail after he was remanded to judicial custody.
His counsel had earlier told the court that he has already undergone an angioplasty, suffered from asthma and sleep apnea, had dietary restrictions and his blood sugar levels had to monitored constantly. Both the ED and the anti-corruption bureau have filed charge-sheets in the case.
Before the senior leader’s arrest, the ED had arrested his nephew Sameer. The Bhujbals are facing allegations in a money laundering case that is being jointly investigated by the ED and the state anti-corruption bureau. According to allegations, in the Maharashtra Sadan redevelopment case, the contract for the state guest house in New Delhi was not advertised and the contractor gave the sub-contract to the companies owned by the Bhujbal family.
A private developer was allowed to carry out the makeover of the Sadan and the Andheri RTO in lieu of FSI for a slum rehabilitation project in Andheri. In the Kalina deal, Bhujbal and five others have been accused of allegedly causing huge losses to the state exchequer by illegally leasing a prime plot at Kalina in Santacruz (East) to a private developer.