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DSK remanded to judicial custody; police to interrogate Kulkarni after hospital discharge

After DSK was hospitalised, he was remanded in judicial custody till Tuesday; police to utilise seven-day reserve custody later.

pune Updated: Feb 18, 2018 23:53 IST
Nadeem Inamdar
Nadeem Inamdar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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DSK (on stretcher) being shifted to Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital from Sassoon Hospital on Sunday.(HT PHOTO)

On Sunday, a day after his arrest, Pune realtor DS Kulkarni, popularly known as DSK, was admitted to the Sassoon hospital and later shifted to the Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital after he collapsed in police lock-up due to a sudden rise in blood pressure. Doctors of Sassoon hospital said that the sudden rise in blood pressure had affected the blood flow to his brain, leaving him unconscious. Though doctors said that his condition is stable now, DSK’s son Shirish alleged that his father had suffered a serious stroke and was still in danger.

DCP (crime) Pankaj Dahane said that the police moved an application before the court and got DSK’s police custody changed to judicial custody following his hospitalisation. “We’ve got seven days reserve police custody of DSK and will utilise it when he is discharged from the hospital. DSK will be interrogated by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) once he is out. Till Sunday afternoon, he was on ventilator,” he added.

After he was admitted to the Sassoon hospital, the advocate representing DS Kulkarni moved an application before the sessions court saying that the treatment being given at the hospital was not up to the mark and that the real estate developer was in need of good medical treatment at a private hospital.

Taking the deteriorating health of DS Kulkarni into consideration, the court accepted the application filed by the defence counsel and sent DSK to judicial custody. The judge also asked officials of Economic Offence Wing (EOW) to produce DSK before the medical board of Sassoon hospital at 8 am on Tuesday, where he will be examined by a team of expert doctors.

DSK’s lawyer Inamdar, said, “We got information on Saturday night that DSK collapsed and was unconscious. He was also put on ventilator as he was facing breathing difficulties. The court accepted our application and shifted him to Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital. He has also been remanded in magisterial custody by the court accordingly.”

Earlier on Saturday, the Pune police had arrested DSK and his wife Hemanti in Delhi. After being produced before court, the Kulkarnis were remanded in seven days police custody.

Doctors at the Sassoon hospital said that DSK’s blood pressure had shot up and that the blood circulation to the brain too was affected. His son, however, said that his father’s condition is serious.

“My father seems to have suffered a stroke and Dr Charu Apte (neurologist) has been consulting him over the phone,” said DSK’s son Shirish, who is the managing director, DSK Developers Limited.

Following hospitalisation, DSK went through all the necessary tests and was under observation at the ICU where his condition was reported to be stable, according to doctors. DSK’s lawyer submitted before the court that his client was suffering from high blood pressure and that his bones had become weak after road accidents in the past.

According to the police, at around 12.30 am on Sunday, Kulkarni started complaining about uneasiness. Later, he collapsed on the floor and was rushed to the Sassoon hospital around 12.40 am on Sunday. He was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and was put on ventilator for some time. Kulkarni, later, regained consciousness and doctors monitoring his health said that he was showing good signs of recovery.

ACP (economic offences wing) Nilesh More said that the jailed developer “lost his balance while talking to police officers in the lock-up at Faraskhana police station”, after which he was rushed to the state-run Sassoon hospital.

“We told the court that he is normal and fit for interrogation. His lawyer moved an application on humanitarian grounds and accordingly, the court has given him the permission to stay in Deenanath Hospital for one day. DSK has been asked to report before the Sassoon hospital medical board on Tuesday at 8 am where medical experts will give their opinion on his health,” he said.

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First Published: Feb 18, 2018 23:41 IST