The cricketer-turned-politician was taken to PGIMER in Chandigarh on Monday. Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, arrested in a 34-year-old road rage case, has been hospitalized with liver ailments. “Former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu has been admitted in Hepatology ward, Nehru Hospital Extension, PGIMER, Chandigarh, today due to liver-related problems and require further evaluation. He has been kept under observation and is stable now,” Prof Virender Singh, head of the Hepatology department said in a statement.
Earlier, on the directions of a court in Patiala, a panel of three doctors — Ashish Kumar (Professor, Department of Medicine), Dr. Saurabh Sharma (Assistant Professor Cardiology), and Dietician Ramanjit Kaur — had submitted a medical report to after running several tests on the cricketer-turned-politician. The May 23 report submitted by the experts noted that among other things, Sidhu’s “fibroscan showed significant fat in the liver with the suggestion of cirrhosis. However, the reliability of the report is poor due to technical reasons.”
The panel of doctors had also observed that 58-year-old Sidhu has a “history of Pulmonary Embolism in 2009 requiring hospitalization (no record available) and history of lower limb DVT (deep vein thrombosis) in 2016 while on warfarine (poor compliance).”
About two weeks back, Sidhu was taken to Rajindra Hospital in Patiala for a medical examination. The cricketer-turned-politician’s counsel HPS Verma had recently said Sidhu had sought a special diet in jail. According to the counsel, Sidhu cannot consume wheat, sugar, ‘maida’, and some other food items. “He can have berries, papaya, guava, double-toned milk, and food items which do not have fiber and carbohydrates,” Verma had said.
A medical board drew a diet chart for Sidhu, who suffers from obesity and metabolic disorder. On the first day in jail, Sidhu refused to eat dal roti, saying he was allergic to wheat. The former chief of Punjab Congress sought permission for a special diet from home, citing health complications. He was examined by doctors on the orders of a court, following which a three-doctor team made a diet chart for him.