Observing that humanity is most necessary, the Bombay Excessive Court docket on Tuesday referred to alleged theft of activist Gautam Navlakha’s spectacles inside Taloja jail and referred to as for the necessity to conduct a workshop for jail officers to sensitise them on the wants of prisoners.
Navlakha is an accused within the Elgar Parishad-Maoist hyperlinks case.
A division bench of Justices S S Shinde and M S Karnik mentioned it has learnt about how spectacles of Navlakha had been stolen inside jail and the jail authorities refused to just accept the brand new spectacles despatched by his household by way of courier.
“Humanity is most necessary. Every thing else will observe. At this time, we learnt about Navlakha’s spectacles. That is the excessive time to conduct a workshop for even jail authorities,” Justice Shinde mentioned.
“Can all these small objects be denied? These are all humane issues,” he added.
Navlakha’s relations on Monday claimed that his spectacles had been stolen on November 27 contained in the Taloja jail, the place he’s lodged.
They claimed that Navlakha is “nearly blind” with out the spectacles and but, after they despatched a pair of latest spectacles to him by publish earlier this month, the jail authorities refused to just accept it and despatched it again.
“Presently Gautam Navlakha is in acute misery, is unable to see issues round him and consequently his blood strain has shot up,” learn an announcement circulated on Monday night by Navlakha’s attorneys that was signed by the activist’s spouse Sahba Husain.
The excessive court docket was listening to two petitions filed by activists, Ramesh Gaichor and Sagar Gorkhe, difficult their arrest by the Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) within the Elgar Parishad-Maoist hyperlinks case.
Senior counsel Mihir Desai, showing for Gaichor and Gorkhe, instructed the HC on Tuesday that the duo had been arrested by the NIA solely as a result of they refused to make statements earlier than a Justice of the Peace towards the opposite accused within the case.
The petitions additionally mentioned the case ought to be held earlier than the particular NIA court docket in Pune, and never in Mumbai.
“The offence is alleged to have occurred in Pune. The case was initially held earlier than a court docket in Pune. Nonetheless, after the NIA took over the probe, it was transferred to the particular NIA court docket in Mumbai even when there’s a particular NIA court docket in Pune,” Desai mentioned.
NIA’s advocate Sandesh Patil sought time, following which the HC posted the matter for listening to on December 21.
Navlakha had surrendered earlier than the NIA, which is probing the practically three- year-old case, on April 14, 2020.
Between August 29 and October 1, 2018, the activist had been saved below home arrest.
The case pertains to the Elgar Parishad conclave held in Maharashtra’s Pune district on December 31, 2017, which, the police alleged, was funded by Maoists.
The speeches made by some activists on the conclave triggered violence close to the Koregaon-Bhima struggle memorial on outskirts of Pune metropolis the following day, based on the police cost sheet.
The NIA later took over the case through which a number of activists and academicians have been named as accused.