Mumbai: Billionaire tax evader Hasan AliKhan,currently housed attheArthur Road jail, suffered a paralytic stroke on Thursday in his highly guarded special cell.Hislawyer,Ishwar PrasadBagharia, alleged that Ali was not provided any medicaltreatmentby thejail authorities.
Bagharia plans to move an application before a court on Monday in this regard.He,however,does not plan to attend the hearing, adding that he will wait for thecourt’sdirectionsin the matter.
“My client is dying in prison. Let him die. We want him to die,” quipped Bagharia sarcastically.
Terming the jail officials corrupt, he said, “All the jail officials are hand in glovewithJJhospital authorities. Why is Ali being given such shoddy treatment?” Hasan Ali has been kept at the Arthur Roadjailsincehis arrest.
When contacted, jail officials said that Ali has not suffered a paralytic stroke and that he was fine. On Saturday morning, Ali was taken to JJ Hospital. “He was brought to the hospital for various blood tests. He has been coming to JJ for thelasteightdaysbuthas notbeen admittedtothehospital yet,” saidDr Ashok Rathor, acting dean,JJHospital.
Bagharia, on the other hand, alleged that jail records were being manipulated toshowthatofficialshavebeen taking Ali tothehospital regularly.
“Due to the paralytic attack, his face has been left disfigured. The corrupt jail authorities are not doing anything to save him. We have sent a notice to the jail authorities and will be filing an application beforethecourt,” he added.
However, Bagharia claimed that he won’t appear in courton Monday. “My junior willbe going tothecourt,butwill not argue the case. Let the court decide the course of Ali’s treatment. It’s up to the court whether it allows his treatment or not,” Bagharia said.
The Times of India, October 30, 2011