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Bombay HC allows treatment of DU professor Saibaba at private hospital

Dr Saibaba, who has spent six months in the Nagpur prison’s “anda cell”, has developed many more ailments, leaving him crippled.

Written by Aamir Khan | Mumbai |
Updated: June 18, 2015 1:42:26 am
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The Bombay High Court on Wednesday allowed wheelchair-bound Delhi University professor Dr G N Saibaba — jailed in Nagpur for his alleged Maoist links — to be shifted to a private health facility keeping in view his deteriorating health.

Saibaba has been in jail since his arrest in May 2014 by the Maharashtra Police from the Delhi University campus.

Senior counsel Gayatri Singh informed Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice A K Menon that government facilities in Nagpur were incapable of handling Saibaba’s case.

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Singh appeared on behalf of activist Purnima Upadhyay, who, in a letter to the High Court, expressed concern over the failing health condition of Saibaba.

“He is suffering from neurological issues apart from heart- related and other ailments,” she said.

Public prosecutor Sandeep Shinde opposed the proposal, citing security concerns. “It may lead to bigger security concerns,” Shinde said, adding that the sessions judge in Nagpur could assess the situation and pass appropriate orders.

The HC, however, felt that the professor’s health might worsen if not admitted immediately to a private hospital having neurological treatment facility.

Feeling it necessary to impose certain safeguards, while the HC has allowed Saibaba’s wife and brother to accompany him, it has restricted them from carrying cellphones or laptops. Add to that, there will be a medical officer nominated by the prison authority accompanying Saibaba and also a doctor appointed by his family.

Round-the-clock security by the prison staff will be provided at the private hospital, the HC said.

The court also clarified that Saibaba will remain in the hospital subject to further orders. His medical report will be submitted to Shinde, who will in turn inform the court about Saibaba’s condition.

The HC had last week taken suo motu cognisance of Upadhyay’s letter with an enclosed copy of a news report on Saibaba’s health.

It was pointed out that Saibaba, who has spent six months in the prison’s ‘Anda cell’, has developed many more ailments, leaving him crippled.

Last month, a sessions court had ordered that Saibaba be given a disabled-friendly bed and three more assistants. However, the prison officials are yet to implement the order.

The professor is paralysed below neck and cannot move without help.

On May 20, during a hearing via video-conference, Saibaba had told sessions judge D R Shirasao that due to his ailment he was unable to stay in the ‘Anda cell’ and that he needed three more assistants along with a bed that suited his ailment.

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