The bail plea of Delhi University Professor G. Saibaba has been rejected by the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court today. The Bench directed him to surrender within 48 hours. The professor was arrested for alleged links with the Naxalites, in May 2014 by Gadchiroli police of Maharashtra.
Although the wheel chair bound professor’s lawyer had pleaded for the extension of his bail citing health conditions, the Court refused it. The Bench cited a medical report which said that proper medical care was given to Saibaba, in the Nagpur prison where he was lodged.
On the sidelines of bail plea rejection, the Bench headed by Justice Arun Chaudhary also issued a criminal contempt notice to writer- activist Arundhati Roy. The notice was in response to Ms. Roy’s criticism about the judiciary in its treatment of Professor Saibaba.
Justice Chaudhary said also rejected the application for delaying Saibaba’s surrender and asked the police to make the arrest in case he doesn’t turn up within two days. The argument that the evidences against the Professor were weak was also rejected by the Bench. The judge noted that earlier a single bench had rejected the bail application on merit, and that he will not take a divergent view.