Bombay HC directs Maharashtra govt to shift jailed Delhi University professor to hospital

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday asked Maharashtra government and other state authorities to shift a professor of Delhi University, arrested a year back for alleged links with Maoists, to a private hospital in view of his deteriorating health condition in Nagpur jail.

The order was passed by a division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Anil Menon which asked the head of neuro-surgery department of a private hospital in Nagpur to file a report within a week on the deteriorating health condition of the undertrial professor G N Saibaba.

The Judges had taken suo moto (on its own) cognisance of the matter following a letter written to it by activist Purnima Upadhyay highlighting the condition of the professor who was arrested last year by Maharashtra police for his alleged links with Maoists. According to the letter written by Upadhyay, Saibaba is 90 per cent handicapped due to post-polio paralysis and is bed-ridden.

Issuing notices to the authorities, the HC had last week asked them to file affidavits giving details of Saibaba's health condition and the status of the investigation against him and also stating whether a charge sheet against him has been filed or not.

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