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

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

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.

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