Ranchi: The Jharkhand High Court on Tuesday directed the state government to allow former Chief Minister Madhu Koda and his ex-cabinet colleague Bhanu Pratap Sahi, currently in judicial custody, to get examined in Delhi's AIIMS at their own cost.

Responding to a petition of Koda and Sahi, a division bench comprising Chief Justice Prakash Chandra Tatia and Justice Apresh Kumar Singh directed the government to get them examined within one month at the hospital at their cost and if necessary allow them to get treated there.

The court, however, directed the government to provide physiotherapists to treat Koda inside the Birsa Munda Jail here prior to his visit to AIIMS.

The petition was filed by Koda and Sahi in the wake of doctors at the Namkum Military Hospital declaring them fit enough to be treated in the Birsa Munda Jail here.

Koda had suffered a fracture on October 31 last, while Sahi is having other health problems.

The petitioners claimed that the military hospital had no proper apparatus and its report on their health contradicted that of the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) here.

The two, who were in the RIMS till December 28, returned to the jail the next day after a medical team declared that they did not require admission.

The court's direction to get them checked by the military doctors came after a PIL by social activist Durga Oraon accusing them of using their political clout to stay in RIMS on the pretext of being ill instead of staying in jail.

Koda was arrested on November 30, 2009 in connection with disproportionate assets case, while Sahi surrendered to a court last year in connection with a medical scam.

(Agencies)