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Katara killers avail 151 medical outings in 3 yrs

Nov 08, 2011 08:15 PM IST India India

New Delhi: The Yadav brothers, convicted in the murder of Nitish Katara, have been finding an easy get-away in hospitals. Fresh data reveals that Vikas and Vishal Yadav made 66 hospital visits from February 2010 to date. CNN-IBN had reported on Monday that the brothers made 85 hospital visits between May 2008 and February 2010. Yadav brothers have been out of Tihar 151 times since May 2008, for varying durations, of which Vikas alone has made 82 visits to hospitals since his conviction. Of Vikas Yadav's 82 visits out of Tihar, 40 were for follow-up checks. Vishal Yadav on the other hand made 69 medical outings from Tihar since conviction in May 2008. Of Vishal's 69 visits out of Tihar, 41 were for follow-up checks. The last visit of Vikas was a 25-day stint at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for a back problem, which he spent in AC comfort at a private room. As many as 70 medical outings of Vikas were to AIIMS alone. His cousin Vishal had 19 visits to Batra hospital between July 2008 and June 2010. Records available with CNN-IBN reveal that he made 50 more trips between June 2010 and November 2011. That is a total of 69 visits, of which 67 were to Batra Hospital alone, and 45 of them were just follow-up visits. CNN-IBN returned to AIIMS to get some answers, but the consulting doctor who admitted Vikas to the A-category ward was unavailable for comments. Other senior officials too refused to say anything on record. It was also told that the exact medical condition of the patient could not be shared with us. “Right to good health is the fundamental right of a patient,” said Sumeet Verma, lawyer of Vikas Yadav. How does one justify a staggering number of 151 medical visits? CNN-IBN took the question to Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit too who said that jail authorities act as per the advice of the doctors. The All India Institute of Medical Sciences, the top government hospital in the country if often used by VIP patients to get out of jail on medical grounds. Jail sources say that high-profile prisoners use their links to get out of jail on one pretext or the other.