Sushma suf­fers kid­ney fail­ure, put on dial­y­sis

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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.

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