New Delhi: The MRI report for Suresh Kalmadi, which was done at Delhi's LNJP Hospital, does not suggest that he is suffering from dementia. CNN-IBN has accessed the MRI report that claims that the former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief is suffering from 'diffused cerebral atrophy' instead.
According to the MRI report, the problem of Kalmadi has been diagnosed as 'diffused cerebral and cerebellar atrophy with old ischemic changes in brain parenchyma with calcified granuloma in caudothalmic groove on left side'.
But does that mean Suresh Kalmadi is suffering from dementia?
"The diagnosis of dementia is not just based on one report, but by putting in multiple reports. The clinical report of the patient, the blood work, may be sometimes the imaging report, psychological evaluation - all of these need to be combined and then we can say if the person has dementia," said Neurologist Dr Girish Nair.
The report will be sent to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for a second opinion.
Tihar Jail authorities had earlier told newspapers that Kalmadi is suffering from dementia, a condition that leads to loss of brain function, and referred him to AIIMS.
"We are going by what Mr Kalmadi has stated. He complained of dizziness, so he was referred. We will be consulting the neurosurgeon at AIIMS and we will follow whatever course of action they recommend. The court had asked for a copy of his medical report and we have submitted it," said Tihar Jail PRO Sunil Gupta.
AIIMS doctors whom CNN-IBN has spoken to have said that it is not yet possible to identify Kalmadi's condition as dementia - the report indicates there are slight changes in the brain in less in volume but can be very normal.
The question arises now is - how will this report impact the trial in the CWG corruption cases? And more importantly, is this a ploy being used by Kalmadi to ensure that the judicial system goes soft on him?
"To prove mental incapacity to the point of saying that he was suffering from insanity and therefore not committed a crime, I don't think that is even suggested," said advocate Harish Salve.
Suresh Kalmadi's medical report that has been prepared by Delhi's LNJP hospital will now be sent to AIIMS. The report is going to be submitted to the court this week itself. The content of the final report prepared by the AIIMS will decide the way forward in the CWG trial.