Sushma suffers kidney failure, put on dialysis
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj revealed on Wednesday that her kidneys have failed and she is undergoing tests for a transplant surgery at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi.
The 64-year-old BJP leader was admittedtoaprivatewardinthecardio-neurosciences centre of AIIMS, where she underwent a battery of testsmandatorybeforeatransplant surgery, hospital sources said.
“I am in AIIMS because of kidney failure. Presently, I am on dialysis. I am undergoing tests for a kidney transplant. Lord Krishna will bless,” she said on microblogging site Twitter, one of her most favoured modes of communication with people.
She was allowed to go home for the night and will be back on Thursday for another round of tests, the sources added.
Swaraj suffers from chronic kidney disease and has been hospitalised a few times in the past two months because of her kidney condition.
Government sources said she “continues to remain engaged in her work” despite her health condition. Swaraj has two junior ministers — V K Singh and MJ Akbar — to assist her in her official work, besides foreign secretary S Jaishankar.
The sources said even when she was in hospital earlier, she was involved in all major decisions of the ministry and held discussions with senior officials on all key issues.
A Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court issued a letter of request on Wednesday under Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) to execute a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against former IPL chairman Lalit Modi, who is presently in the UK, and to extradite him.
The ED had requested the court to issue the letter to a competent court in the UK to bring Modi back to India, and to investigate him in an IPL-related case.
The case pertains to the deal for media rights during the IPL seasons where Modi is alleged to have laundered around Rs425 crore.
Despite the letter, ED could still face legal hurdles similar to those it is facing to execute the non-bailable warrant against liquor baron Vijay Mallya. In Mallya’s case, the Ministry of Home Affairs had informed ED that it does not have powers to execute a non-bailable warrant to arresting him.