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SC notice to Maharashtra on GN Saibaba's bail plea

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  23 Jan 2016 12:00 AM GMT

NEW DELHI, Jan 22: The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the Maharashtra government on a plea of Delhi University professor G.N. Saibaba for bail in a case of his alleged links with the Revolutiory Democrats Front - an alleged front organisation of the banned CPI-Maoist. Saibaba, who was arrested by Maharashtra Police in May 2015 for his alleged Maoist links, has challenged the Bombay High Court (gpur bench) order dated December 23, 2015, rejecting his plea for regular bail. An apex court bench of Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice C. gappan also issued notice on author and social activist Arundhati Roy’s plea challenging the order to summon her on a contempt-of-court plea. Issuing notice returble in two weeks, the court did not, however, accept Roy’s plea for exemption from appearance in court in pursuance to her summoning by the gpur bench of the Bombay High Court.Roy was issued contempt notice over her article in an English magazine, in which she wrote, “So afraid is the government of this paralysed wheelchair-bound academic that the Maharashtra Police had to abduct him for arrest.” Roy was issued notice for contempt on a plea by advocate Bhandarkar who alleged that Roy’s piece was “interference in the administration of justice”. Saibaba was released on interim bail on health grounds by the Bombay High Court which treated as a public interest litigation an email based on a newspaper report on his failing health condition. Saibaba suffers from 90 percent disability due to post-polio paralysis. The interim bail was extended till December 31 as court asked him to approach the gpur bench of the high court for regular bail. The other accused in the case had already been granted bail. (IANS)

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