The death of Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) president and former Union Minister E Ahamed had led to several controversies. The Union Government came under severe criticism after it was decided to go ahead with budget presentation though a sitting member passed away at the time of the session. The opposition, both the Congress and the Left and even NDA allies like Shiv Sena questioned the decision as they had requested to call off the budget presentation.
Meanwhile, E Ahamed's family complained that they were not allowed to meet him, even after waiting for hours.
Ahamed collapsed during the presidential address at the joint sitting in the Parliament house and was rushed to government-run Ram Manohar Lohia hospital. He was admitted to trauma case unit, and his family members alleged that doctors did not consult with them before deciding treatment methods and did not inform them about the progress of treatment.
This took a dramatic turn after his relatives, including children, protested against the attitude of hospital authorities. It was only after the interference of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Vice-president Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders that the hospital authorities let the family members see him. The relatives alleged that the government was trying to hide the death as they wanted budget presentation to go without hussles.
It was a Malayalee journo, Thufail P T, who exposed the iron curtain that the hospital authorities pulled over after Ahamed was rolled into the hospital.
He is the Assistant Editor at Tehelka and had been a correspondet of The Asian Age and Gulail.com.
He brought the matter to limelight through Facebook updates from the hospital. He continuously updated his posts and even gave lives in both Malayalam and English exposing the attitude of hospital authorities and helplessness of the family members.