Lalu Prasad suffers from depression, say doctors

first_imgIncarcerated Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad, who has been admitted to a government hospital in Ranchi, has slipped into depression.“The RJD chief’s behaviour has been abnormal since last Saturday. Doctors examined him and found symptoms of depression … he is not speaking much to anyone … we will seek psychiatric help from experts on Monday,” said R.K. Srivastava, director of the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences.After Mr. Prasad surrendered before a special CBI court in Ranchi on August 30, with the Jharkhand High Court refusing to extend his provisional bail, he was admitted to the RIMS.Hospital psychiatrist Ashok Prasad will begin treatment on Monday.‘Worried for sons’On Wednesday Mr. Prasad was shifted to the pay ward of the hospital after he complained that barking dogs on the premises kept him awake all night and the bathroom was not clean.Meanwhile, RJD sources told The Hindu that Mr. Prasad had been worrying much about the political ambitions of his two sons.“Yes, I met him when he was in Patna in the last week of August and found him worrying much about his family facing charges of corruption…and, his two sons engaged in political oneupmanship against each other,” said an RJD leader, pointing to Mr. Prasad’s elder son Tej Pratap’s proposed padyatra (foot march) on Tuesday from Patna to Sitab Diara, the birthplace of veteran socialist leader Jai Prakash Narayan.“This padyatra is to counter younger brother Tejashwi’s bicycle yatra from Bodh Gaya to Patna in July,” said a senior RJD leader.last_img