Former Union Minister Sukh Ram, who on Friday claimed he was in a coma, surrendered before a local court on Saturday which sent him to jail to serve his three-year sentence in the 1993 telecom scam case.
Sukh Ram, 86, appeared before the court after coming in an ambulance in pursuance of its order earlier in the day that it would issue non-bailable warrants (NBW) if he fails to surrender on Saturday.
Special CBI Judge Sanjiv Jain said Sukh Ram would be taken to jail in the same ambulance and the prison authorities would provide him necessary medical aid as per the norms.
“As requested by the counsel for the convict (Sukh Ram), lock up/jail authorities are directed to provide necessary medical aid to the convict in accordance to the norms,” the judge said.
Sukhram’s counsel had on Friday told the court that he had slipped into coma.However, doctors attending on him said he was not in a state of coma and only drowsy.
The doctor, who accompanied Sukh Ram in the ambulance, told the court that the “patient” was still unconscious.The judge, however, said that the doctor could accompany Sukh Ram in the ambulance till he reaches Tihar Jail.
While brushing aside Sukh Ram’s plea that he may be taken into judicial custody in the hospital itself, the judge, had instructed the court staff to inform the concerned authorities to make adequate arrangements in case Sukh Ram comes to surrender in an ambulance and unable to move on his own.