Geelani To Be Shifted To TMH In Mumbai
3 February 2003
The Daily Excelsior
RANCHI: The Union Home Ministry has given clearance for jailed Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani to be taken to the Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH) in Mumbai for treatment. According to informed sources, Mr Geelani might be taken to Mumbai in a couple of days as the required clearance had been received by the State Government from the Centre for shifting him to tmh for specialised treatment. Earlier, reports had said that Mr Geelani might be shifted to Kolkata or Patna for further check up. However, till then the response of the Home Ministry to a letter written by the State Government regarding Mr Geelaniís health had not been received here. Mr Geelani, a cardiac patient, was diagnosed by attending doctors to be suffering from malignancy of kidney. The doctors had referred him for further medical check up to the TMH. Requests through media for Mr Geelaniís release on health and humanitarian grounds or for his proper treatment at the TMH was made by his son Nassem and other family members, who had called on him in the Birsa Munda Central Jail, where he is lodged since June last. Mr Geelaniís family, apparently moved by the alleged delay in his removal to TMH despite doctorsí recommendations, had charged the Centre with 'conspiring to eliminate the Hurriyat leader in captivity' and also said the Government would be responsible if anything happened to him.