The Delhi court’s Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Atul Verma, on 8 January passed an interim order directing the Tihar jail authorities to provide urgent medical treatment, if required to the Bhim Army Chief, Chandrashekhar Azad.
Mehmood Pracha the counsel appearing for Azad, in an application claimed that Chandrashekhar has a blood-related medical condition ‘Polycythemia,’ which requires regular monitoring and treatment from the Haematology Department. The application stated that Chandrashekar is under the supervision of Dr. Rishi Dhawan of AIIMS.
Chandrashekar was arrested by police from Jama Masjid during the protest against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in 2019. Azad was booked under Sections 147 (punishment for rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with a deadly weapon), 149 (unlawful assembly), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. Subsequently, on 21 December, a Delhi Court dismissed his bail plea and sent him to judicial custody till January 18.
The CMM, Atul Verma asked the authorities to submit Chandrashekar’s medical report in the next hearing of 9 January.