New Delhi: A row broke out today over the discharge of RJD chief Lalu Prasad from Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
In a statement, AIIMS said the RJD supremo’s condition has improved significantly and he was therefore being referred back to the Ranchi Medical College. Doctors said the leader was fit to travel.
The hospital’s move, however, didn’t go down well with Lalu or his family. Speaking to reporters following his discharge, Lalu claimed it was a “political vendetta”, also claiming his life was under threat.
Calling the move unjust, the RJD supremo said it was a “conspiracy” and he was being shifted to a place where there were no facilities.
Echoing his view, son Tejashwi Yadav said the AIIMS decision was made in “haste.” “Only AIIMS authorities can reveal the reason behind the sudden transfer,” he added, hinting at a more sinister motive behind the decision.
Earlier, Lalu even wrote a letter expressing his unhappiness with the AIIMS decision, categorically stating he was still not fit enough to return to Ranchi.
Referring to his condition, Lalu explained in his letter, “I don’t want to be shifted back to the Ranchi hospital, as that hospital is not properly equipped to treat my ailments.”
Not just Lalu and his family, his supporters too were upset with the decision to shift Lalu back to Ranchi. High drama was witnessed outside AIIMS with the supporters staging a protest right outside the hospital’s premises.
The RJD chief was admitted to AIIMS on March 29 and a medical team comprising six doctors was formed to decide his course of treatment.
A former chief minister of Bihar, Lalu has been serving a jail term since December 2017 in connection with the fodder scam. He has been convicted in four fodder scam cases since 2013 — the most recent one being the Dumka treasury case, in which a special CBI court sentenced him to 14 years in jail.