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HC extends ex-DU professor’s temporary bail in Maoist links case


Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today extended by around three months the temporary bail granted to former Delhi University Professor G N Saibaba, arrested for alleged Maoist links, considering his deteriorating health condition.

Saibaba was arrested by Maharashtra police last year. On June 30, the high court granted him temporary bail for three months to undergo medical treatment for multiple ailments including a degenerative spine disease.

The bail was granted by a division bench headed by Chief Justice Mohit Shah, which had converted into public interest litigation (PIL) a letter written by activist Purnima Upadhyay, which highlighted the deteriorating health condition of Saibaba who is 90 per cent disabled due to post-polio paralysis.

Senior advocate Gayatri Singh, appearing for Upadhyay, today told the court that although Saibaba is discharged from hospital, he would require regular treatment.

“His health has improved. If treatment is not received, he’ll go back into a situation worse than what he was suffering from,” Singh said adding that Saibaba has to return to the Nagpur Central Prison on October 4.

She also informed that five other accused in the same criminal case have been released on regular bail by the Nagpur bench of the high court.

The bench, while extending the temporary bail given to Saibaba till December 31, also directed that the earlier Rs 50,000 bail bond shall continue. It also gave liberty to Saibaba to move the Nagpur bench of the high court seeking regular bail.

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