Don’t let Professor Hany Baby out of hospital until June 1: Bombay High Court


The Bombay High Court on Thursday asked the private hospital for a report regarding the medical treatment of Delhi University associate professor Hany Babu, accused in the Bhima Koregaon-Elgaar Parishad case. The vacation bench of Judges SS Shinde and NR Borkar heard the petition of Babu’s wife asking for emergency bail for her husband. They ran Breach Candy Hospital no …

The Bombay High Court on Thursday asked the private hospital for a report regarding the medical treatment of Delhi University associate professor Hany Babu, accused in the Bhima Koregaon-Elgaar Parishad case.

The vacation bench of Judges SS Shinde and NR Borkar heard the petition of Babu’s wife asking for emergency bail for her husband. They ordered Breach Candy Hospital not to dismiss him until the next hearing on June 1.

In the meantime, National Investigation Agency lawyer Sandesh Patil has requested time to take instructions on the plea.

Babu, who tested positive for covid-19 earlier this month and suffered from a severe eye infection, was admitted to the government hospital on May 13, after several requests from the family for medical attention. He was admitted to Breach Candy Hospital last week, following orders from another vacation bench.

“That the family has at least the psychological satisfaction that it is treated in a hospital of its choice. There is nothing wrong if it becomes a precedent, especially at the present time”, observed the judge Kathawalla.

Thursday, lawyer Yug Chaudhry again raised the issue. He said Babu could be released in the next few days. He argued, however, that given Babu’s delicate health and the way he was treated, he should not be returned to Taloja Prison.

Lawyer Sandesh Patil said most of Babu’s prayers were taken care of by the previous order. However, he would take instructions regarding the bail prayers.

Chaudhry then demanded that Babu could not be released without court permission. “His treatment is ongoing. He is still positive,” he said.

The court then adjourned the case to June 1, requesting that his medical report be entered into the file and ordering the hospital not to release him until then.

“Don’t take it as contradictory,” Judge Shinde told the state and the NIA regarding the spread of the black fungus infection. The petitioner was concerned earlier that Babu’s eye infection was due to mucormycosis. However, it is likely to be tested for this today.

The National Investigation Agency arrested Babu in the Bhima Koregaon – Elgaar Parishad case on July 28, 2020. He faces charges under the UAPA along with 15 other activists, lawyers and academics.

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