Maya Kodnani (58), BJP ex-MLA from Gujarat convicted to 28 years of prison for involvement in 2002 Naroda Patia massacre, has been admitted to Civil Hospital since Sunday after she fainted while she was home. Maya, who is battling multiple illnesses including TB and depression, sustained burns on her face as she reportedly fell on a lit lamp at the temple in her house.Maya, who has been reeling from shock after she was served one of the longest sentences for involvement in communal riots, was on three-months bail since November 13, after she was diagnosed with TB of the intestines and depression.Maya sought an extension of her bail period, which gets over on Wednesday, by 180 days which was rejected by the division bench of Justices Jayant Patel and R D Kothari last Friday.
On Tuesday, Maya was admitted to room number four of special ward D-6. Her husband Dr Surendra Kodnani said his wife has in extremely poor health ever since she was diagnosed with TB of the intestines and incarceration has pushed her further into depression.”Maya has multiple illnesses. She has a heart condition called Mitral Valve Prolapse and hypertension for the last 15 years. She was also diagnosed with intestinal TB, depression and osteopenia wherein her bones have become soft. On Sunday, Maya was alone at home when she fainted. Her head came into contact with a lamp lit in the temple which has caused boils on her face. She was brought to the trauma centre,” said her husband Dr Surendra.Dr Surendra said Maya deep in depression and has been taking anti-depressants for years now. He denied any knowledge of suicidal tendencies.Dr Surendra denied rumours that she was hospitalized because her bail ended. “Even during her three-month bail, Maya has been admitted twice, once in November and in January. In three months, we have visited 25-odd hospitals-government as well as private-to get proper treatment for multiple illnesses,” said Dr Surendra. He said four doctors are attending to Maya at Civil and will decide on her discharge. Medical superintendent of Civil Hospital Dr M M Prabhakar said Dr Maya Kodnani is in severe depression and is also showing suicidal tendencies.