Press Statement: Committee For The Defence And Release Of G.N. Saibaba

COVID-19 outbreak in Nagpur Prison:
The worsening health situation of Prof G.N. Saibaba

Prof G. Haragopal
Chairman, Committee For The Defence And Release Of G.N. Saibaba

Dr. G. N. Saibaba in his most recent call to his family and advocate informed despite the preventive measures taken by the jail administration many prisoners were affected by COVID-19 including jail guards in Nagpur Central Prison. One of the prisoners near to his anda cell got tested positive for COVID-19. The disease has reached very close to   me", Saibaba said, and that it was only a "matter of time" since it reaches his cell as he is highly vulnerable due to existing co-morbidities.

Once, Saibaba (53) is infected, he cannot recover and survive on his own from COVID. The jail has not assigned him 'helpers' to take care of his daily needs and he is being forced to live in unhygienic conditions. This is a certain death sentence for him, as he is one of the most sensitive to infections in his current conditions. Such an unhygienic environment most probably leads to bad health conditions including allergies, infection, etc. Especially when contracted, he will be left alone. This is a dire case as once he tests for COVID positive; he will be either confined to his cell with no helpers and he will not be allowed to shift to the family for healthcare.

On 14th July 2020, again a writ on medical grounds came before the Bombay High Court Bench at Nagpur and the honorable High court gave 10 days’ time for the prosecution to submit its reply and scheduled the case at the end of July.

In view of the precarious health condition of Dr. G. N. Saibaba, we appeal Maharashtra State Government and the Central Government to release him by granting bail or parole immediately so that he can avail appropriate medical treatment either at Hyderabad or Delhi where his family members are living.

Prof G. Haragopal, Chairman
Committee For The Defence And Release Of G.N. Saibaba

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Jul 16, 2020

Ashutosh Kumar Mishra

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