4 Jun 2024

Tihar Authorities Tell Why Arvind Kejriwal Is Not Given Cooler in Jail? What They Said In Response To Other Allegations Of Atishi?

New Delhi: The day after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal turned himself in at Tihar jail upon the end of his interim bail in a money laundering case, AAP leaders made accusations on Monday. They claimed that he was not given a cooler in his cell and that his weight was measured multiple times as part of a "conspiracy."

In response, Tihar jail authorities denied these allegations. They clarified that the chief minister's weight was measured using a single machine and clarified that a cooler was not provided as these amenities are only granted upon court orders.

There were no issues with the weighing machine: Tihar officer

A senior Tihar jail officer informed the media that Kejriwal's weight is 63.5 kilograms, which was measured once when he turned himself in on Sunday. The officer confirmed that there were no issues with the weighing machine and stated that his other vitals, such as blood pressure and blood sugar levels, are within normal ranges.

During a press conference, senior AAP leader and Delhi minister Atishi alleged that Kejriwal's weight was measured using three different machines during his medical examination at Tihar on Sunday. She also pointed out the extreme temperatures in Delhi, reaching 48 to 50 degrees Celsius, and criticized the absence of a cooler in Kejriwal's cell.

Coolers are provided to even notorious criminals in Tihar: Atishi

Atishi mentioned that coolers are provided to even notorious criminals in Tihar but not to Chief Minister Kejriwal. She questioned the BJP and the LG on their actions. Atishi highlighted Mr. Kejriwal's 30-year history of diabetes and recent weight loss, suggesting mistreatment. She expressed concern that after surrendering as a law-abiding citizen, he was placed in a warm cell without a cooler. Atishi concluded by stating that not only the people of Delhi but even God would not forgive those responsible for the mistreatment of Kejriwal.

Atishi also alleged that during Kejriwal's medical examination on Sunday, his weight was measured on three different machines, each displaying varying readings. Initially, his weight was recorded as 61 kg, another machine showed 64 kg, and a third machine indicated 66.5 kg. 

Kejriwal's weight was 70 kg when arrested by ED on March 21: Atishi

Atishi said that his weight was 70 kg when arrested by the ED on March 21, dropping to 63 kg when weighed at home before surrendering on Monday, showing a significant 7 kg decrease. She criticized the ED for opposing his bail for medical tests.

Delhi Health Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj will conduct further investigations as there seems to be a "very big conspiracy" behind these discrepancies, according to Atishi.

The Tihar jail officer mentioned that when Kejriwal was released from jail on May 10, his weight was 64 kg, measured using the same machine as on Sunday. The officer reported Kejriwal's blood pressure as 120/76 and his blood sugar level as 120 on Monday. Additionally, the officer stated that Kejriwal receives insulin twice a day and is regularly monitored by two doctors in the prison.

Kejriwal spoke to his wife by phone on Monday evening

The officer added that the chief minister spoke to his wife, Sunita Kejriwal, by phone on Monday evening. Regarding the absence of a cooler, the jail official clarified that coolers are provided to unwell inmates only if ordered by the court.

AAP's Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh reiterated the charge in a post on X, claiming that three machines were used to weigh Kejriwal in jail. "In jail, Arvind Kejriwal's weight was measured thrice with different machines: one showed 61 kg, the second 64 kg, the third 66.5 kg. Whereas when he was weighed at home before leaving, it was 63 kg. What kind of joke is this? LG sahab, please get the machine fixed," he posted. Singh also noted that Kejriwal was kept in a small cell without a cooler, despite the temperature being 44 degrees Celsius.

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