Kushwaha moved to hospital from jail after kin join SP

Suddenly complains of heart ailment

Within days of his wife and brother joining the ruling Samajwadi Party, prime accused in the multi-crore NRHM scam and former UP minister Babu Singh Kushwaha found himself in the cooler confines of a super specialty hospital in the state capital from his dingy cell at the Dasna jail in Ghaziabad.

Kushwaha, who incidentally had no previous history of heart ailment, suddenly developed heart problems and was shifted to Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) here as no heart specialists were available at any of the nearby government hospitals.

According to sources, the former minister’s transfer was shrouded in secrecy with neither the state home department officials nor the hospital authorities having any information about it.

Sources said Kushwaha was transferred to the private ward after being kept at the ICU for a brief period of time. A Ghaziabad court has sought explanation from the Dasna jail administration about his transfer.

The special CBI court where the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam case was pending trial, has asked the jail superintendent to state on whose order Kushwaha has been transferred and for what reason.

The jail administration had earlier told the court that he had to be shifted to the SGPGIMS in Lucknow after his condition deteriorated.

Incidentlly, barely a few days ago his wife Shivkanya and brother Shiv Charan had joined the SP taking many within the party by surprise. The opposition parties slammed the SP for inducting the kin of the tainted leader.

“It appears that the SP will be inducting all those leaders whom it once called corrupt,” said BSP leader Swami Prasad Maurya.

Kushwaha had during the 2012 assembly polls in UP joined the Bharatiya Janata Party but he had to beat a hasty retreat after several party leaders strongly opposed his entry.
He had, however, campaigned for the saffron party in the polls in the areas where his ‘Kushawha’ community members were in sizable number.

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