Former Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit is expected to leave for France next week for an aortic valve replacement surgery. Delhi government led by Arvind Kejriwal has directed all officials to clear all documents at the soonest for her to leave for the operation.
She is expected to depart for France early next week for the surgery which is scheduled for August 14.
Kejriwal and Dikshit were caught in a bitter political battle during assembly elections in Delhi in 2013. However, keeping political ideologies aside, the CM office has rushed to clear the case for Dikshit.
The former CM approached Delhi government via a one-page letter asking it to "peruse the documents and process them at the earliest".
The letter stated that her case was examined by the Fortis Escorts Heart Institute. The hospital has advised her to undergo surgery at a reputed hospital in France's Lille.
Soon, the Delhi government formed an expert committee which cleared the documents. Medical bills will be reimbursed upon return. Expenditure is likely to hit over Rs 20 lakh.
Sources in CMO said there is no precise obligation to provide medical facilities to former chief ministers but exceptions are made in some cases.
However, Sheila Dikshit told India Today that she has not received an official confirmation and her papers are still pending with the Delhi government.
80-year-old Dikshit has been the chief minister of Delhi three times and lost to Kejriwal in 2013 in an unprecedented election.—India Today