Heart surgery for oil secretary Vijayendra Kaul

Vol 5, PW 22 (19 Dec 01) News in Brief

Oil secretary Vijayendra Kaul, 58, underwent heart surgery on 15th December in New Delhi's Escorts Hospital.

We are told the surgery was successful and that Kaul is now recuperating in the hospital's intensive cardiac care unit. We also understand that Kaul had been putting off the surgery for some time due to an extensive workload in the ministry, but that doctors insisted he should not delay the operation any longer.

He was admitted to the hospital a day before the surgery on Friday, 14th December. We learn he will go home in a week's time.

Before he went for surgery Kaul told colleagues and friends in the oil ministry that he plans to return to work on 1st January.