Ex-DU professor GN Saibaba files bail plea in Bombay HC, cites weak health amid COVID-19 outbreak
Saibaba is lodged in Nagpur Central Jail, where over 150 prisoners and 40 jail staffers have so far tested positive
Nagpur: Former Delhi University professor GN Saibaba, who is serving life sentence in a prison in Nagpur for alleged Maoist links, has filed a bail application before the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court, citing his weak health and the outbreak of coronavirus in the jail.
After Saibaba filed the bail plea seeking urgent hearing into it, a division bench of Justices Atul Chandurkar and Amit Borkar on Tuesday issued notices to the Maharashtra government and other respondents to file their replies before 24 July, when the court will hear the case.
In his bail application, Saibaba said his weak health along with comorbidities make him vulnerable to contract the coronavirus infection.
He is lodged at the Nagpur Central Prison, where over 150 prisoners and 40 jail staffers have so far tested positive for coronavirus . The jail houses nearly 1,800 inmates while 265 police personnel are attached to it.
In March 2017, a sessions court in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli district convicted and sentenced Saibaba and four others, including a journalist and a Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student, for alleged Maoist links and indulging in activities amounting to waging war against the
The court held Saibaba and others guilty under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
Following the conviction, Saibaba was lodged at the Nagpur prison.
The Supreme Court on Friday refused to stay a criminal contempt notice issued by the Bombay High Court against author Arundhati Roy for her article in a weekly magazine.
Saibaba will be taken for a CT scan and other tests, after which doctors will decide whether to shift him to a hospital for treatment, the Nagpur jail superintendent said
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The wheelchair-bound former professor is serving a life term after a court in 2017 convicted him and four others for Maoist links and indulging in activities amounting to waging war against the country