Amid speculation that he is suffering from dementia, sacked CWG Organizing Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi was taken to AIIMS on Thursday for a check-up. A team of doctors examined him for over an hour and found nothing serious, but they recommended he be admitted to the hospital on August 1 for further clinical examination.
“My mind, my brain is all okay. I remember everything and there should be no doubt about it,” an unruffled Kalmadi, currently lodged in Tihar Jail on corruption charges, told the media at the hospital.
An AIIMS official said doctors also looked at the MRI scan of the 67-year-old Congress MP’s brain conducted at Lok Nayak Hospital on July 19. They said the scan did not conclusively show any significant damage to his brain or onset of dementia. He will be further examined by neurologists.
AIIMS director Dr R C Deka said Kalmadi was brought in from Tihar Jail around 10.30am. “A team of doctors, including neurologist Dr M V Padma Srivastava and cardiologist Dr Rakesh Yadav, looked at his medical history and asked him about his health problems. The report has been sent to Tihar Jail authorities,” he said.
Kalmadi was examined at the medical superintendent’s office. Hospital sources said he looked composed and confident. “He was forthcoming in his replies and briefed doctors on his medical history – diabetes and heart problem. He complained of stress, dizzy spells and headache but reiterated that his memory was intact,” said a source.
The fallen sports czar has been suffering from diabetes and hypertension for more than 15 years and he underwent heart surgery about five years ago. “His condition is not serious. But he has been asked to report again for a detailed examination of his mental and physical health,” said a senior official.
R N Sharma, Tihar Jail DIG, confirmed that the jail authorities had received a medical report from AIIMS. “The hospital has communicated to us that his condition is stable. He will have to get admitted for a short duration – one or two days – for clinical examination,” he said. Sharma said Kalmadi was taking medicines for diabetes and heart ailment in jail.