Written by Vivek Deshpande|Nagpur |
Upgraded: August 2, 2020 7: 51: 45 am
Prof GN Saibaba is serving time for Naxal links. (File Picture)
FOUR days after the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court rejected bail to previous Delhi University teacher G N Saibaba, who is serving time for Naxal links, to fulfill his ailing mom, she passed away at Hyderabad on Saturday.
Saibaba’s attorney Akash Sorde stated they had actually made a last-minute attempt on Friday to arrange a video-conference of Saibaba with his mom, Gokarakonda Suryavathi, 74, after the medical professionals said the cancer patient would not survive more than 48 hours. “We attempted to call Anupkumar Kumre, the Superintendent of the Nagpur Central Prison, where Saibaba is lodged, so that his mom might see him as her last dream. There was no action to the calls.”
Kumre didn’t react to calls or messages.
In a statement released from Delhi, Saibaba’s spouse Vasantha stated Suryavathi passed away in the afternoon, and she could not be with her either due to the flying restrictions.
Arguing against grant of bail to Saibaba, 51, on the premises that his mother wanted to see him, Special Public District Attorney Prashant Sathanathan had stated his bro was with their mother which she remained in a Covid-19 containment zone where Saibaba himself might contract the disease.
Saibaba, who is serving a life term, had actually obtained temporary bail for 45 days. Rejecting his plea, the court hadn’t stated anything on his contention that his mother on her deathbed had a right to see her kid. Apart from the requirement to see his mom, Saibaba had mentioned his comorbidities, including his handicap and hypertension, liver and kidney problems, which put him at a risk due to Covid-19, for bail.
In her declaration, Vasantha said, “Her kid could not see her for the past 4 years since his incarceration and now has to bid her abrupt goodbye. She tested negative for Covid and hung on for longer than the medical professionals anticipated in the end, braving through the discomfort.”
Saibaba was convicted under the UAPA of “links with Maoists and enjoying activities amounting to waging a war versus the nation” in March 2017 by a Gadchiroli court and sentenced to life. He has challenged the order in the Bombay High Court.
Saibaba’s attorney Nihal Singh Rathod had argued in the high court that the Nagpur prison had just recently seen numerous coronavirus cases. He stated the previous professor was not getting the physiotherapy he needed nor the two assistants he needed to move about.
Pointing out Saibaba’s mom’s condition, Rathod had actually stated, “You can not deny the mom the right to see her boy when she is on deathbed.”
The Unique Public Prosecutor had countered, stating Saibaba’s bail plea on health premises in addition to a difficulty in the high court to the rejection of his parole application had both been earlier declined. Sathanathan had actually likewise soft-pedaled the Covid-19 hazard in Nagpur jail, adding that Saibaba had been discovered unfavorable.
The Bench accepted that having once been declined, Saibaba’s appeal for bail again on health premises could not be allowed. The court accepted the government’s assurance that necessary treatment was being supplied to Saibaba in prison.
” We are not inclined to grant bail,” the Bench making up Justices Atul Chandurkar and Amit Borkar said.
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