Ranchi: Rashtriya Janata Dal president and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad,73, was on Saturday evening shifted to New Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for treatment.
Prasad was shifted to the Capital by air ambulance through a chartered flight. He is accompanied by his wife Rabri Devi and sons Tej Pratap and Tejashwi Yadav.
Earlier an eight-member team of RIMS had referred him to AIIMS, New Delhi, for treatment.
"At the directive of the jail administration, an eight-member team was constituted by the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) to look into the health condition of Lalu Prasad. After reviewing the condition, the team has decided to shift him to AIIMS, New Delhi for better treatment," a source in RIMS told IANS.
The Jharkhand jail administration has also given its nod to shift Prasad to AIIMS.
Several diagnostic tests -- including ECO, ECG, ultrasound, KUBP and HRCT -- were conducted on Prasad on Friday. Except pneumonia, the other test reports are normal, added the source. RIMS sources said the extent of pneumonia and lung infection will be ascertained after two other test reports that are awaited.
On Friday evening, his wife and former Bihar CM Rabri Devi and Lalu's sons Tej Pratap and Tejashwi Yadav arrived in Ranchi and met him for more than six hours.
"There is swelling on his face. I will stay in Ranchi till all test reports come. He has become weak," Tejaswhi had told reporters on Friday.
Yadav was convicted and awarded up to 14 years jail in four fodder scam cases. He had been staying in the paying ward of RIMS for the last 29 months.
He was shifted to the RIMS director's bungalow on August 5 owing to fears of a Covid-19 infection.
Meanwhile, a hashtag "Release_Lalu_Yadav" has been seen trending as number one in Twitter.
As of 11 PM, there were more than 100 thousand tweets with the hashtag.