New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday made it clear to Maharashtra government that it cannot keep the Delhi University professor G.N. Saibaba in prison as he has to be kept in a guest house and medical treatment is to be provided to him.
A bench of Justices J.S. Khehar and C. Nagappan asked counsel for Maharashtra to take instructions if the State were to oppose bail to Prof. Saibaba following his arrest for his alleged links with Maoists.
The bench said if Prof. Saibaba is taken to Nagpur to face the trial, then they have to ensure that sufficient medical facilities for his treatment and lodging. The court made it clear that the facilities have to be in a guest house and not in a jail.
The court also allowed Mr Saibaba to move an application seeking personal exemption from appearing before the trial court by Wednesday and the same will be considered on Friday.
In his bail plea, Saibaba said he was granted interim bail by a Division Bench of the Bombay high Court on the basis of an email sent to the Chief Justice by Ms. Purnima Upadhyay, a social activist, who relied upon a report about the physical condition of Saibaba written by Mr.Pavan Dahat in a newspaper article. The Bench asked Dr. Saibaba to seek regular bail in the sessions court.