Delhi University professor G N Saibaba, who is lodged in Nagpur Central Jail for alleged Maoist links, Thursday underwent a medical check-up under strict security at a private hospital here. The Bombay High Court had on Wednesday directed the police to get him checked up for medical complications, if any, after it was apprised of Saibaba’s “deteriorating health conditions”.
Inspector General of Police Ravindra Kadam told The Indian Express that doctors at the hospital did not find it necessary to get him admitted Thursday.
“A fresh check-up will be conducted tomorrow (Friday) to decide if any further treatment under observation is required,” he said.
Saibaba was taken back to the jail after the check-up.
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According to activist Purnima Upadhyay, who in a letter to the High Court had expressed concern over the falling health of Saibaba, he is suffering from neurological issues apart from heart-related and other ailments.
Meanwhile, prominent social activists staged a protest at the Savindhan Chowk here Thursday, demanding Saibaba’s release. Leading activists Varavara Rao, Hargopal, Surendra Gadling, Shoma Sen and a few others held up placards seeking release of Saibaba on bail. They said Saibaba was paralysed and confined to wheelchair and hence deserved bail.
Earlier, the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court had refused bail to Saibaba. It had, however, directed the jail authorities to provide three aides to him to enable him to carry out daily chores.
The police said they had already provided him with two assistants, a western style toilet and all other possible facilities.
IG Kadam said trial in Saibaba’s case would hopefully begin soon. “We would also not like him to stay in jail without trial for long. We have already submitted the list of witnesses and calendar for trial to the court in Gadchiroli. They are delaying it…,” he said.