The Madras High Court Bench here on Thursday directed the Superintendent of Tiruchi, Central Prison, to subject V. Divaharan, brother of V.K. Sasikala, to a medical examination at a government hospital to find out whether it was necessary to admit him as an inpatient to undergo continuous treatment for diabetes as well as a heart disease.

Justice K.K. Sasidharan passed the interim order on a writ petition filed by Divaharan's wife Hemalatha seeking a direction to the prison authorities and the police to shift him to a private hospital as he was a sugar patient.

Further, claiming that he had undergone a heart surgery in 2008, she alleged that he was not being given proper treatment by prison doctors. Refuting the allegations, Additional Advocate General K. Chellapandian, assisted by Additional Government Pleader K.P. Krishnadoss, contended that there was nothing serious with regard to the health condition of Divaharan requiring his admission to a private hospital. He also said that the prisoner was being monitored continuously by in-house doctors on a regular basis. In the wake of contrary submissions, the judge directed the prison superintendent to produce the petitioner's husband before the Dean of a Government Hospital in Tiruchi. The Dean, in turn, was ordered to nominate a diabetologist as well as a cardiologist to examine the patient and file a report before the court by Monday when further orders would be passed in the case.