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Elgaar Parishad: HC seeks Hany Babu’s health report from hospital after lawyer says his eye condition better

Babu's counsel informed the High Court that he had "largely recovered" from his eye ailment. A division bench of Justice S S Shinde and Justice N J Jamadar was hearing a petition by Babu's wife Jenny Rowenna seeking his bail on health grounds.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
Updated: July 29, 2021 9:53:34 pm
Hany Babu outside the special NIA court (Express Photo/Ganesh Shirsekar)

The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed Breach Candy Hospital to provide the latest health report of Delhi University associate professor Hany Babu, an accused in the Elgaar Parishad case, who is currently under treatment at the private hospital.

Babu’s counsel informed the High Court that he had “largely recovered” from his eye ailment. A division bench of Justice S S Shinde and Justice N J Jamadar was hearing a petition by Babu’s wife Jenny Rowenna seeking his bail on health grounds.

Babu (55), who was arrested by National Investigation Agency (NIA) last July, had tested positive for Covid-19 and admitted to the government-run JJ Hospital, and later moved to GT Hospital. He was then transferred to Breach Candy Hospital as per an HC order dated May 19. The order stated that Babu’s family will bear the cost of his treatment at a private hospital.

The order was passed after the petitioner sought immediate relief for tests for mucormycosis and other ailments.

Last month, the HC extended his stay at the hospital till further orders after the then medical report indicated a swelling in his optic nerve, which required an MRI scan and other tests.

Advocate Payoshi Roy, representing the petitioner, informed the court that Babu has “largely recovered” from his eye ailment after a two-month treatment at Breach Candy Hospital and, while there is a “little swelling” in the corner of an eye, as per doctors, the same can be cured with antibiotics. “We are not pressing for further relief and the court may call for a doctors’ report from the hospital,” Roy added.

Additional solicitor general Anil Singh, representing NIA, said the HC may call for Babu’s medical report from the hospital.

The bench directed the private hospital to submit a report in a sealed envelope before the next hearing. The HC will next consider the plea on August 6.

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