HC Requests Medical Report of Defendant Hany Babu from Elgar; Next hearing on August 6

Professor Hany Babu, arrested in the Elgar Parishad case, was transferred to a hospital following the order of HC in May 2021 (file photo)

Babu was transferred from Taloja Jail in Navi Mumbai to Breach Candy Hospital following the High Court order in May this year.

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  • Last update:July 29, 2021, 7:49 PM HST
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The Bombay High Court on Thursday ordered a private hospital to submit the latest health report of Delhi University associate professor Hany Babu, arrested in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist ties case. Babu was transferred from Taloja Jail in Navi Mumbai to Breach Candy Hospital following the High Court order in May this year.

His lawyer Yug Chaudhry told the court in May that Babu was suffering from multiple ailments, including a serious eye infection. He had also tested positive for Covid-19 after his arrest in July 2020, but recovered from the viral infection before being admitted to the private hospital.

The high court hears a petition filed by Babu’s wife, Jenny Rowenna, asking for his release on bail on health grounds. On Thursday, attorney Payoshi Roy, who appeared for Babu, told a panel of SS Shinde and NJ Jamadar judges that he had largely recovered from the eye disease.

“We are not asking for further help and the court can ask for a medical report from the hospital,” lawyer Roy said.

Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, who appeared for the National Investigation Agency (NIA), said there was no objection to this. The HC then ordered the hospital to submit a report in a sealed envelope before the next hearing on August 6.

The case concerns the Elgar Parishad which was held in Pune on December 31, 2017. Pune police alleged that ‘provocative’ speeches led to caste violence at the Bhima Koregaon war memorial the following day, and the Parishad (conclave) itself was supported by the Maoists. .

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