Subjected to witch-hunt: Saibaba

Asked why he surrendered when many felt the order was undemocratic and unjust, Saibaba said, “I am not surrendering before anyone. Whether right or wrong, I have to follow the judicial process.”

Written by Vivek Deshpande | Nagpur | Published:December 26, 2015 2:48 am
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“I don’t feel like a victim but certainly feel I am being used and it is unfair,” said Delhi University professor G N Saibaba, responding to a question on whether he was a victim of a tussle between two benches of the Bombay High Court.

Saibaba, who was arrested last year for alleged Maoist links and was out on bail, arrived here Friday from Delhi to present himself before the central prison authorities, after a Nagpur HC bench rejected his bail plea .“I have been subjected to constant witch-hunting and false framing. Without any evidences to justify the prosecution, I am being returned to incarceration,” he told journalists.

Saibaba expressed disappointment over the HC order. He said, “I am disappointed by the order. But I will abide by it. My lawyers are working on a challenge in the Supreme Court. It is my belief that the honorable Supreme Court will grant me relief.”

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Asked why he surrendered when many felt the order was undemocratic and unjust, Saibaba said, “I am not surrendering before anyone. Whether right or wrong, I have to follow the judicial process.”

Asked if the matter was complicated by the principal bench taking up his bail case midway, creating friction with the Nagpur bench, Saibaba said, “I am in not concerned with the jurisdiction of courts. I had not approached the principal bench. The bench thought it was its duty to save my life, so it took suo motu cognizance of my health problem. It saved my life, otherwise I would have not survived to come to Nagpur jail again. I have not recovered and I am apprehensive that the hostile conditions and treatment in prison might deteriorate my health again.”

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