Saibaba, who cannot move without a wheelchair as he is 90% paralysed, is expected to return to the Neuron Hospital with an MRI report on Friday for doctors to take further decision on the course of treatment.
Dr Pramod Giri, head of the department of neurosurgery who checked Saibaba following the High court directives, said no decision on his health status can be undertaken unless the MRI report is perused. Saibaba’s MRI has been already conducted at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) and it is likely to be produced before the doctors at the private hospital.
“It is only after scrutinizing the MRI report that we can ascertain whether any neurosurgical intervention is required. If there is no neurosurgical operation is required then we shall refer him to Dr Sanjay Ramteke who is a neuro-physician,” said Dr Giri. He added Saibaba complained of pain and other discomfort to his left upper limb.
Superintendent of jail, Nagpur central prison, Yogesh Desai said that it is the doctors who are to take the decision of Saibaba’s health condition and decide on his admission to the hospital.
It was learnt that Saibaba was taken to hospital and brought back in a highly secured vehicle having Chattisgarh passing registration number. Gadchiroli SP Sandeep Patil said that the district police have to use various tactics to ferry sensitive accused from different places due to heightened threat perception and other security reasons. Saibaba is jailed in a case registered by Gadchiroli police in 2013.
Saibaba’s wife Vasantha said that she, along with her brother-in-law, was not allowed to accompany Saibaba to doctors or even meet him. “The high court order clearly had underlined the fact that wife and brother can accompany but police disallowed us. Moreover, we are being asked to pay the medical bill despite the fact he was in custody,” said Vasantha.
“We are ready to pay the medical bill but then allow us to supervise the treatment. Police did not even allow us to speak to the doctors regarding his health. Saibaba’s health is worsening behind bars with growing complications,” she added.
Activist Varavara Rao, who participated in a protest dharna at Samvidhan Chowk along with many from different parts of the country who were demanding Saibaba’s release, said that not allowing his family to meet him and also whisking him back to jail was clear contempt of court. “It is high injustice to ask family to pay when they are not even releasing Saibaba,” he said.
Counsel Gayatri Singh, who appeared in favour of Saibaba in the suo motu criminal PIL before Bombay High Court, was not available for comment.
WHAT THE COURT OBSERVED
Chief Justice Mohit S Shah and justice AK Menon, hearing the Suo Notu Criminal PIL, had made some crucial observations
* There cannot be any objection to the prisoner being taken to the private hospital initially for diagnosis and for considering the treatment required to be undergone
* The state and others shall take prisoner to the Neuron hospital at Nagpur within 24 hours from now
* The prisoner shall be allowed to be accompanied by his wife and brother professor
* Two security guards shall be provided to the prisoner round the clock
* Dr Sanjay Ramteke (neuro-physician) may accompany the prisoner and may remain present when the doctors of the private hospital examine the patient and conduct investigations
* The chief medical officer of the prison hospital or some other nominated by SP, jail, shall accompany Saibaba to the private hospital