Nagpur jail refused woolen cap, books despatched for ex-Delhi University professor GN Saibaba, claims lawyer


The wheelchair-bound former professor is serving a life time period after a court docket in 2017 convicted him and 4 others for Maoist hyperlinks and indulging in actions amounting to waging conflict in opposition to the nation

File Image of former DU professor GN Saibaba. PTI

Nagpur: The lawyer of former Delhi University professor GN Saibaba, who’s serving a life time period within the Nagpur Central Prison for Maoist hyperlinks, on Sunday alleged that the jail authorities refused to simply accept a woollen cap and several other different gadgets that his household despatched for him.

A senior official of the jail, nonetheless, stated that though they’ve accepted all the mandatory issues that Saibaba requires, they can not permit all the pieces inside.

Saibaba is wheelchair-bound with 90 p.c bodily disabilities.

In 2017, a court docket in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli had convicted him and 4 others for Maoist hyperlinks and indulging in actions amounting to waging conflict in opposition to the nation. Since his conviction, Saibaba has been lodged within the Nagpur jail.

Talking to information company PTI, Saibaba’s lawyer Aakash Sarode stated that of the 34 various things that Saibaba wished, the jail authorities accepted solely 13 gadgets when he went there three days in the past at hand them over.

“A month back, Prof Saibaba had consulted with the jail authorities about the essential things that he requires and which can be brought from outside. Subsequently, he made a list of the things and submitted an application to the jail authorities so that his family could send these articles,” Sarode stated.

“Accordingly, his family sent these things to me. On 24 December, I went to the jail with all the material along with the list of items. I tried to hand over these things to the authorities. However, the jail staff refused to accept several things, which neither pose any security threat nor pose any danger of COVID-19 unfold,” he stated.

Some of the issues that the authorities refused at hand over to him have been three books, a pack of 200 pages of clean white papers, a word pad, copy of ‘India Today‘ journal, a wrist weight cuff of 1 kg that he wants as a part of his physiotherapy, the lawyer stated.

“Similarly, a shampoo bottle, a woollen cap (monkey cap), a napkin, a handkerchief, a towel and a white T-shirt were refused by the jail authorities. In all, there were 34 items, but only 13 were accepted,” Sarode added.

He stated he has e-mailed a letter to the superintendent of the jail in regards to the refusal to simply accept this stuff. “I am yet to receive a reply form him,” Sarode stated.

When contacted, Superintendent of Nagpur jail Anup Kumre stated that every one the mandatory issues required by Saibaba or some other jail inmates have been allowed and given to them as per the jail handbook.

“We accept all the necessary things as well as things required as he (Saibaba) has health issues,” he stated. “We always accept the things which are necessary and are essential for him. However, we cannot allow everything inside,” Kumre added.

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