AAP Says Arvind Kejriwal Unwell, Lost 4.5 Kg In Jail, Officials Disagree

According to sources in Tihar jail, his weight was 55 kg when he was brought there Monday. His weight, they said, remains unchanged.

Arvind Kejriwal is currently lodged in Tihar jail

New Delhi:

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has lost 4.5 kg since he was arrested on March 21, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and minister Atishi said today. Authorities in Tihar jail have said he is fine, and he has not lost weight since he was lodged in the jail two days back.

In a post on X this morning, Ms Atishi said Mr Kejriwal is a "severe diabetic". "Despite his health problems, he works round the clock to serve the nation. Between his arrest and now, Arvind Kejriwal has lost 4.5 kg. This is very worrying. The BJP is putting his health in danger. If something happens to Arvind Kejriwal, not just the country, even God won't forgive them," she said.

The Delhi Chief Minister, arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case linked to the now-scrapped liquor policy, was shifted to Tihar jail on Monday after he was remanded in judicial custody till April 15.

According to a press note from Tihar Jail, the Delhi Chief Minister was examined by two doctors after he reached the prison on Monday and his vitals were normal. His weight has remained constant at 65 kg since he arrived at Tihar jail, the release said. 

Mr Kejriwal has been lodged in a 14X8 feet cell in jail number 2 of Tihar jail. His blood sugar level has been fluctuating over the past few days and had dropped below 50 at one point, according to reports. He has been given medicines to bring his blood sugar level under control. According to jail officials, he has also been provided a sugar sensor to monitor his blood sugar levels and toffees to arrest any sudden drop.

The Chief Minister is being served home-cooked food for lunch and dinner and his condition is being monitored. Jail officials have said they have also posted a quick response team near his cell for any emergency.

The AAP leader spoke to his wife Sunita through video conference yesterday and met his lawyer in person.

A Delhi court remanded him in judicial custody after the Enforcement Directorate flagged concerns that his release could hamper the probe into the money laundering case. The central agency has said Mr Kejriwal is not cooperating in the investigation.

The Delhi Chief Minister's petition for interim relief will be heard today.