'Pained' BSY back in jail

'Pained' BSY back in jail

Former CM leaves Victoria hospital for cell

'Pained' BSY back in jail

Former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa being taken out on a stretcher to Parappana Agrahara jail from Victoria Hospital in Bangalore on Wednesday. KPN

Wide publicity and criticism of his admission to Victoria Hospital soon after being discharged from Jayadeva Hospital apparently stung Yeddyurappa as he decided to go back to prison without waiting for medical examination and report. 

Discharged at about 10.15 am from Victoria Hospital, Yeddyurappa was taken out on a stretcher. Unlike on Tuesday, no effort was made to protect him from the media glare. He appeared very weak but wasn’t disturbed by the stretcher movement as the hospital staff and policemen shifted him to a 108 ambulance. Followed by many of his supporters, the ambulance eventually reached the central jail at 11.15 a.m.

On Saturday, the Special Lokayukta Court had sent Yeddyurappa to judicial custody till October 22 in two out of five cases of corruption and illegal land deals filed by two Bangalore-based advocates in January this year. His bail plea will be heard by the High Court on Thursday.

Victoria Hospital in-charge medical superintendent, Dr H V Nataraj said Yeddyurappa was treated as referred by Jayadeva Hospital where Sodamint tablet was added for correction of sodium levels to treat his electrolyte imbalance (his sodium level was 120 milligram whereas in a normal case it is 130 milligram and above). “Yeddyurappa who was taken into VIP ward at around 7:10pm on Tuesday, refused to take the Sodamint tablet. Later on Wednesday morning, he refused to undergo any examination and treatment and insisted the hospital authorities send him to jail,” Dr Nagaraj said.

It was then a team of doctors decided to discharge Yeddyurappa against medical advice and further advised him to take treatment as prescribed at Jayadeva Hospital.  “He has to continue nebulisation; three Sodamint tablets in a day for three days; electrolyte tests after three days - if serum sodium level reaches 130 milligram, then Sodamint tablets could be discontinued,” doctors said.

Yeddyurappa was also advised to take opinion of a Neurologist for Parkinsonism, Urologist for Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), Orthopaedic for his back ache, Psychiatrist for depression, Pulmonologist for his Reactive Airway disease and regular diabetic treatment.
 
Minister V Somanna later explained that Yeddyurappa had wanted to follow all the rules and regulation like a normal prisoner, but media reports hurt him deeply. According to excise minister M P Renukacharya, Yeddyurappa was “deeply pained” by media reports about his act of dodging the prison and hopping from one hospital to another. “Yeddyurappa’s ride from the prison to hospital is being aired as a soap opera in TV channels, there is absolutely no privacy for this person,” he said. 

Once he arrived at the central jail, an apparently upset Yeddyurappa got down from the ambulance and walked straight into the VIP Cell where he was housed for the day. The entire act of BSY getting into the cell ended on a silent note.

Many undertrials who had the knowledge of BSY’s visit were looking at his entry from all floors through windows.

Yeddyurappa chose to remain silent the whole day and decided not to meet any visitors including his partymen and others. A host of BJP leaders including Rajya Sabha member Prabhakar Kore had come to enquire his health. However, they had to return without meeting him.

A team of BJP leaders led by Renukacharya, a few MLA including S I Chikkanagaudar came to meet BSY around 4 pm. They sent a word to him through the prisons staff.
They anxiously waited to go inside. However, the prisons staff returned and said BSY clarified he was not willing to meet and speak to anyone.The leaders spoke to a few men in the first floor to ascertain whether Yeddyurappa required anything.

One of the undertrials replied that BSY wanted medical prescription which his personal assistant Siddalingaswamy had. The court had allowed BSY to consume food from his residence. Mineral water bottles and food was provided to him from his residence.
Sources in the prisons said BSY seemed totally disturbed as he rarely responded to the approaches of the prisons staff. The former chief minister did not make any attempt to read newspapers and chose not to watch television. Sometimes, he was spotted closing his eyes and in a meditative mood.

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