According to the AAP, the former minister, who has lost nearly 35 kg since his imprisonment, suffers from sleep apnea and requires a BiPAP machine when sleeping.
Digital Desk: Satyendar Jain, the former Health Minister of Delhi, was hospitalized on Thursday after collapsing in the toilet of Tihar Jail, where he has been jailed on money laundering accusations since last year.
Mr Jain had to be rushed to the hospital for medical assistance for the second time in a week. According to jail officials, he was evaluated at Safdarjung Hospital on Monday for a spine injury acquired previously from another fall in the jail's toilet.
Concerns were raised regarding Mr Jain's health when he was seen at the hospital with a belt fastened around his waist. According to the AAP, the former minister, who has lost nearly 35 kg since his imprisonment, suffers from sleep apnea and requires a BiPAP machine when sleeping.
Before that, Mr Jain was transported to the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Hospital on Saturday and subjected to a battery of tests, including a CT scan and an MRI. According to hospital sources, his condition was stable, but he was kept under observation.
"At around 6 a.m., Under Trial Prisoner Satyendar Jain slipped/fell down in the bathroom of MI Room of the hospital of CJ-7, where he was kept under observation for general weakness," jail officials stated in a statement. The physicians then examined him. Vital signs were normal. He was then referred to DDU Hospital because he was experiencing pain in his back, left leg, and shoulder."
Mr. Jain's colleagues and fans have expressed concern about his health and accused the BJP, which governs at the federal level and opposes the Aam Aadmi Party, of attempting to "kill him."
The BJP has replied to these charges by claiming that Mr. Jain was overweight prior to his incarceration and that it is "good" that he has dropped weight. Mr Jain's appearance, according to Delhi BJP leader Vijendra Gupta, is a matter of how one handles their body, with the weight loss attributed to eating only once a day, as per his religious views.
Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi Chief Minister and founder of the Aam Aadmi Party, shared a photo on Twitter of a frail-looking Mr Jain sitting in a hospital chair with two police officers close.
"I pray to God for his better health," Mr. Kejriwal said in Hindi. "The people of Delhi are watching the BJP's arrogance and atrocities." These oppressors will not be forgiven by God. The people are with us in this struggle, and God is on our side. We are Bhagat Singh supporters, and our fight against oppression, injustice, and dictatorship will continue."
Mr Jain's counsel, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, told the Supreme Court last week that the former minister had lost 35 kilogrammes and is essentially a "skeleton" suffering from a variety of diseases.
Mr Jain was arrested in May of last year by the Enforcement Directorate, a federal body that probes financial crimes, for allegedly laundering money through shell companies and purchasing land with unlawful monies. Mr. Jain has refuted the allegations, claiming they are politically driven.
Mr. Jain was a key part of Mr. Kejriwal's cabinet, holding positions in health, housing, and urban development. While still imprisoned, he resigned from his ministerial posts in January of this year.
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