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Maharashtra: Jail stint: 2.5 yrs, In hospital: 1.5 yrs

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As reported by Poornima Swaminathan in mid-day.com on 21 January 2011:

Jail stint: 2.5 yrs, In hospital: 1.5 yrs)

 

Jail stint: 2.5 yrs, In hospital: 1.5 yrs

 

Matka queen Jaya Bhagat has spent 490 days out of her 30-month jail custody at JJ hospital, reveals RTI; sources say she even runs her racket from there

 

The safest place to run a gambling racket in the city could well be from the sanitised environs of a hospital bed.

 

It has come to the fore that Jaya Bhagat, arrested on charges of orchestrating the murder of ex-husband matka king Suresh Bhagat in 2008, has competently been running the matka business while admitted to JJ hospital's general ward over the last year.

 

 

Jaya Bhagat stays in the general ward instead of the prisoners' ward at JJ Hospital.

 

At a time when medical facilities in the prison are dismal and most prisoners do not have access to basic cough tablets and painkillers, Jaya's overstay at the hospital is raising many eyebrows.

 

Well-placed sources said that instead of serving time in a prison, Jaya, under the guise of being treated, is "being pampered and is enjoying a good time and has also been running the matka business from the hospital ward".

 

Sources said she has been running the matka business using the cell phones of relatives and visitors who come to see her.

 

The details of her stay were revealed through an RTI enquiry.

 

The documents (in MiD DAY's possession) state that Jaya's last stint at JJ hospital was a year long, since January 21, 2010, until January 8, 2011, the date the reply was issued.

 

Moreover, ever since her jail custody since August 2008, she has been visiting the hospital almost every month (see box), spending an aggregate of 490 days in the hospital's care until date.

 

Jaya's illnesses

 

According to hospital authorities, Jaya is being treated for hypothyroidism, infection in the urinary bladder, psychotic depression, uterine fibroid, and has been admitted to the neurology ward of the hospital.

 

Rulebook says

 

As per the rule, undertrials are supposed to be admitted in the prison ward. But jail authorities say that even after they intervened, Jaya has still not been shifted. "Jaya's continual hospital stays did come to my notice.

 

I wrote to the hospital authorities asking them to shift her to the prisoner ward, but to no avail," said Surinder Kumar, deputy inspector general, prisons.

 

Earlier this month, when MiD DAY asked JJ hospital dean, Dr T P Lahane, about prisoners staying at hospitals for long stretches, he had said, "It's a difficult task to handle prisoners.

 

 

Matka king Suresh Bhagat's murder was orchestrated by Jaya Bhagat in 2008

 

They approach us with various special requests and unnecessarily pressurise the doctors and hospital administration.

 

But if the patient is really ill, irrespective of their prisoner status, we will treat the patient as a human being first."

 

Matka murder

 

Suresh Bhagat was allegedly murdered by his wife Jaya, son Hitesh and five others in June 2008.

 

The seven accused were booked under the Maharashtra Control Of Organised Crime Act, after investigations revealed that they had hatched a conspiracy to eliminate Bhagat. The MCOCA charges were dropped later.

 

According to the police, Jaya and Suresh were running two separate matka gambling operations in the city after they divorced.

 

The murder conspiracy came to light after a dispute over earnings worth

Rs 100 crore.

 

Good Life

Details of Jaya Bhagat's stay at JJ hospital

Jan 21, 2010 to Jan 8, 2011: nearly a year

Dec 12, 2009 to Jan 4, 2010: 25 days

May 30, 2009 to July 14 2009: 45 days

April 25, 2009 to May 15, 2009: 20 days

Mar 25, 2009 to Mar 30, 2009: 6 days

Feb 4, 2009 to Mar 3, 2009: 30 days

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Atul Patankar

In a similar old case of an Honourable Minister of Maharashtra who was spending his prison term in a hospital, Mr Shailesh Gandhi had asked for complete medical record. It was duly denied as personal information, but the SIC took a different stand and ordered release due to 'larger public interest'.

 

Mr. Swaroopsing Naik, meanwhile, just after the application was made, had a surprising recovery from his chaste pains, and served his remaiing term in jail!.

 

RTI has medical properties, So let us hope some welwisher of Ms Bhagat does her a favour by making an application and asking for medical record.

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jj99

the then RTI Activisit Sailesh Gandhi fought this battle in bombay high court to gain medical records correct me if i am wrong

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