SC Grants Bail to Saibaba, says Maha Govt ‘Extremely Unfair’ to him
If material witnesses have been examined, then there is no point in putting him in jail: Apex court bench to counsel for Maharashtra
medical condition. If material witnesses have been examined, then there is no point in putting him in jail,” the bench said.
Counsel for Maharashtra government said some crucial prosecution witnesses need to be examined.
The bench, however, refused to agree with the contention and granted bail to the wheelchairbound DU professor, who is lodged in the Nagpur jail. On February 29, the apex court bench comprising justices JS Khehar and C Nagappan had said it may consider granting bail to Saibaba after the trial court exam- ined key witnesses, and had directed day-to-day hearing in the case.
It had said of the total 34 witnesses cited by the prosecution, eight were yet to be examined. Earlier, the court had asked the Maharashtra government to look for an alternative arrangement to house the jailed professor. “We want the state to make him comfortable,” the bench had said.
Prior to this, the SC, on a plea of author Arundhati Roy, had refused to stay a criminal contempt notice issuedbyBombayHCagainstherforan article in a magazine questioning the continued incarceration of Saibaba.