The court of acting Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate S. Chakraborty ordered Sinh -- who was admitted to the state-run SSKM Hospital -- to be sent to judicial custody till February 13 after the prosecution presented documents regarding his custody.

The former minister of state for parliamentary affairs in the P.V. Narasimha Rao-led Congress government (1991-96) was arrested on Saturday on charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating and misappropriation of funds. He was subsequently hospitalised after he complained of illness.

The counsel for the Central Bureau of Investigation informed the court that Sinh would be presented once he was released from hospital."After his arrest, Matang Sinh complained he was unwell. He is now under treatment at the SSKM Hospital. We have intimated the court that he is in hospital and we will present him in court once he is released from the hospital," the CBI counsel told the media.

The counsel also pleaded before the court that it should consider the plea for remand once Sinh was presented before it."We will seek either police or judicial custody for him once he is brought to the court from custody. We have also prayed before the court that it should seek a report about his health from the SSKM hospital."The defence counsel urged the court to grant bail to Sinh as he was a liver transplant patient and unwell due to related complications.

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