A BUSINESSMAN facing record $60 million tax evasion charges has been struck down by paralysis and is undergoing tests in hospital, it was revealed yesterday. Chong Tsoi-jun, 49, who has fought a seven-month battle for bail, is paralysed from the waist down, said his lawyer. He raised the $26 million cash needed to secure his release from prison on Tuesday, but was taken directly to the Hong Kong Sanatorium by ambulance and is still receiving treatment. Mr Justice Leonard yesterday ruled that his bail conditions could be changed to allow him to remain in hospital. Chong had been required to report to the Independent Commission Against Corruption three times a week. But after a hearing behind closed doors, the judge said this condition need not be complied with until Chong's discharge from hospital. After the hearing, his solicitor, Andrew Lam, said Chong began to feel pain in his hips 10 days ago after falling over. At that time he was being held in Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre. Chong was transferred to Siu Lam Psychiatric Centre on Tuesday. Staff there decided he should be given hospital treatment, said Mr Lam. It was suggested Chong be taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital. But, late in the day, his $20 million bail money, and $6 million cash provided by two sureties, was lodged at the Supreme Court and the paperwork for his release completed. As a result Chong was freed from Siu Lam but taken directly to the Hong Kong Sanatorium. Chong was granted bail by Mr Justice Leonard on Friday. But it took him four days to raise the huge sum required for bail, one of the largest ever imposed in Hong Kong. Mr Justice Leonard also ordered that two sureties put up $3 million cash each. Chong was originally granted bail by magistrate Yung Yiu-wing at Eastern Court on November 20 but was remanded in custody pending an appeal against the decision by the Crown. On Friday, prosecutor Kevin Zervos launched the appeal behind closed doors. His submissions were contested by Adrian Huggins QC for Chong. At the end of the hearing, Mr Justice Leonard ruled that the bail granted to Chong at the Magistrate's Court should not be revoked. Chong was arrested for alleged tax evasion moments after charges accusing him of involvement in an $8.5 billion cigarette smuggling operation were thrown out by magistrate William Eccleton.