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Bhima Koregaon case accused Gautam Navlakha to be taken to a hospital immediately: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Thursday directed that Bhima Koregaon case accused and human rights activist, Gautam Navlakha be taken to a hospital of his choice immediately for a thorough medical check-up, keeping in view his bad health.

A bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Justice KM Joseph and also comprising Justice Hrishikesh Roy, which had issued notice to the NIA in the case two days ago, passed the order after hearing the petition filed by the ailing 73-year-old, Navlakha, seeking transfer to house arrest from jail.

The Top Court will now consider his plea next on October 21. The SC asked the hospital concerned to submit a report based on his check-up.

The 73-year old human rights activist, who was arrested in August 2018 and has been under custody ever since. Navlakha has approached the Supreme Court after the Bombay High Court rejected his prayer. He stated that he is suffering from serious ailments, including skin allergy and dental issues, and cited the need to undergo colonoscopy test suspected.

Navlakha in his petiton, also requested that he be shifted to his sister’s house and be placed under house arrest there.

“We are of the view that, noting that petitioner (Navlakha) s an undertrial, and that the right of an undertrial trial to receive medical attention would be a fundamental right. Thereby, we pass an order directing the petitioner to be taken immediately for a thorough medical check up,” the Supreme Court said, in its order today.

It also added that there will be a direction to the Superintendent of Taloja Jail at Mumbai to take the petitioner immediately to the hospital of his choice so that the petitioner is enabled to undergo the requisite medical check up and to receive treatment. We make it clear that petitioner will necessarily remain in police custody.


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