PC seeks bail citing bad health

Former Finance Minister P Chidambram on Wednesday moved the Delhi High Court seeking interim bail in the INX Media on health grounds.

The matter was mentioned before a division bench presided by Chief Justice D. N. Patel and Justice C. Harishankar who kept it for hearing on Thursday.

The veteran Congressman lost 7.5 kg from 73.5 kg to 66 kg since his arrest on August 21, and was taken to the hospital four-times while in custody. According to sources, Chidambaram, 74, is suffering from Crohn's disease, which causes inflammation in the digestive tract and can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhoea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition.

The former union minister could not get accustomed to the food being served in the Tihar Jail and has complained of losing weight during the custody. After considering his health conditions and several requests, a Delhi court on October 3 allowed him home-cooked food once a day.