Insulin: ‘need Insulin, Will I Risk Paralysis By Raising Blood Sugar’: Cm To Court | Delhi News

NEW DELHI: Asking a Delhi court to have insulin made available to him in jail and allow consultation with his doctors through video confetencing, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal through his lawyer said on Friday, “ED claimed that I want to increase my blood sugar level to get bail. Am I going to risk paralysis to get bail? Whatever food I have is as per the diet chart prepared by my doctor prior to arrest.”

‘Need insulin, will I risk paralysis by raising blood sugar’: CM to court

Kejriwal’s lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi also told the court of special judge Kaveri Baweja that Kejriwal had mangoes just thrice in jail and consumed aaloo puri as a Navratra prasad once.
After hearing the arguments, the court reserved its order and asked the jail authorities and ED to file their replies by Saturday. It will pronounce an order on Monday.
Singhvi said the mangoes have been made to look like “sugar bullets” by ED. “No mangoes have been sent after April 8… Their sugar level is much less than brown rice or white rice,” he said. Kejriwal’s application had stated that out of 48 meals, only a small portion of fruit (mango) was sent thrice.
The senior advocate told the court that Kejriwal uses only sugar-free in his tea. “How petty, political and ridiculous can ED be? Their statements are completely false and malicious. Just because you have a lot of influence in the media, you are able to publish that I am having aaloo puri though this meal was sent once during pooja,” he said. The application referred to a “media trial” in this context.
“Am I a gangster that I cannot even be allowed to have 15 minutes VC consultation with my doctor?” Singhvi asked. Kejriwal’s application had pleaded that his wife, Sunita Kejriwal, should be allowed to join the consultation with Dr Ravichandra Rao through video conference.
However, special counsel Zoheb Hossain, appearing for ED, accused Kejriwal of misusing the legal mulaqat time. Opposing the submissions, ED said the diet prescribed for Kejriwal has no reference to any fruits or sweet items.
“The diet appears to be very regulated and strict. Therefore, there is a direct correlation between his submission that he is having an alarming rise in his sugar level and his diet,” submitted the special counsel.
Advocate Abhijit Shankar, appearing for Tihar Jail, told the court that Kejriwal was taking insulin earlier but stopped sometime back. “When he (Kejriwal) was admitted, he said he was taking insulin earlier but not anymore. On the whole, the blood sugar level has been maintained,” he said.
Asserting that Kejriwal should follow the diet plan, the counsel for Tihar said: “There was no stipulation in his diet that he should have fruit or anything. In fact, he is not following the diet. We have also got an opinion from AIIMS. According to this, he should avoid mangoes.”
He added that there was no need for insulin, claiming that if Kejriwal was administered insulin, his sugar level will go down drastically. “The AIIMS report says he has to avoid mangoes, cheeku, banana etc. In fact, the homecooked food should follow this diet. Otherwise, I will have to make a suggestion that home-cooked food should not be allowed as per the jail rules,” he said.
The court then asked Singhvi if home-cooked food was sent to Kejriwal in accordance with the diet chart allowed by the court on April 1 and the former replied in affirmative. “Give me a comparative chart of your diet chart and the details given by the jail. It seems there are deviations, definitely,” the court said.
The chief minister’s application had stated that he had been able to start an “insulin reversal programme” from February 1 under careful medical supervision and administration of insulin was discontinued.
The application explained that strict medical supervision of a diabetes expert helped in effectively regulating glucose levels, adding that medicines, food and exercise should be titrated (continuously measured and adjusted) daily using a continuous glucose monitoring sensor.
Due to such daily medical and dietary interventions and a tailor-made exercise regime, the applicant was successfully removed from exogenous insulin and switched to oral medication while maintaining optimal glucose levels during the programme, stated the application.
Meanwhile, AAP functionaries Sanjay Singh and Atishi held separate press conferences and alleged that Kejriwal was being “tortured” by not being provided insulin and other medicines.
They claimed that such acts used to be done by Britishers to freedom fighters lodged in jail. While Singh alleged a “deep conspiracy” had been hatched against Kejriwal and any accident could happen to him inside the jail, Atishi questioned the rationale behind the Tihar administration sharing Kejriwal’s health details with ED.

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