New Delhi: Social activist Anna Hazare on Tuesday denied reported claims by his associates that his health had deteriorated due to the side effects of antibiotics given by his doctor in Pune.

"There have been reports that the medicines given to me were more than what I required or not needed at all. I don't think the medicines were given to me with a malicious intent," Hazare said in a statement here.

"Maybe my body couldn't bear them," he added.

The 74-year-old activist was admitted to a hospital in Pune in December-end after breaking his fast in Mumbai as he suffered from chest infection. According to his aides, the antibiotics had shown side effects.

Discharged from Pune's Sancheti Hospital Jan 8, Hazare was recommended at least a month's rest by doctors.

The activist said his doctor in Pune - Kanti Lal Sancheti - was a friend of 25 years and it was wrong to he was got a Padma Vibhushan because he treated Hazare.

"He is being awarded for serving society for more than 40 years," said Hazare.  An aide of Hazare, Arvind Kejriwal, too came out in support of Sancheti and rubbished media reports that he had doubted the doctor's motives.

"I have never raised questions over his capabilities," said Kejriwal in a statement.

"It was on my request that Sancheti brought Anna to Pune from Ralegan Siddhi for treatment. He (Hazare) is all right now and will be back among the people soon," he added.

Hazare reached the national capital Jan 29 for a medical check-up at the Medanta hospital after he complained of swelling and chest pain.

(Agencies)