United Nations human rights experts urge India to release jailed Delhi University professor, Dr GN Saibaba

The Special Rapporteurs also urged the government to immediately ensure health care to Saibaba, who is reportedly being held in solitary confinement in Nagpur jail.

Published: 29th June 2018 06:29 PM  |   Last Updated: 29th June 2018 06:39 PM   |  A+A-

Prof GN Saibaba. (File Photo)

By Online Desk

A four-member United Nations team of experts have urged the Indian government to release jailed Delhi University professor, Dr. G.N. Saibaba on health grounds on Thursday.

“We are concerned about reports that Dr. Saibaba is suffering from more than 15 different health problems, some of which have potentially fatal consequences,” read the report, which was released today.

The Special Rapporteurs urged the government to immediately ensure health care to Saibaba, who is reportedly being held in solitary confinement in Nagpur jail.

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Welcoming the UN rights experts’ decision, political analyst and civil rights activist with Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights, Maharashtra, Anand Teltumbde told The New Indian Express, “I am happy with the decision made by the UN experts, I hope, this will make the Indian government rethink on Saibaba. Nowadays if you talk about human rights you will be considered as an extremist. It is unfortunate that Saibaba’s lawyer Surendra Gandling had been arrested and in his case ‘tareekh pe tareekh’ (an expression used to indicate that cases are long pending in litigation) has been going on.”

Saibaba was arrested in 2014 for his alleged connection with Maoists extremists. Later he was sentenced to life imprisonment in March 2017.

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  • Sankaramani

    Why this panel takes up only this case. Similarly several poor people are suffering in jails. Nobody care for them. Human rights commission is always selective in cases.
    1 year ago reply
  • Venkatesh R

    Change the life imprisonment to capital punishment. That is the way to show these so called UN human rights experts that they have no business
    1 year ago reply
  • badri poondi

    The Professor was convicted by due judicial process. Maoist are against democratic system implementing arbitrary killings of law enforcement officials and innocents. The life of people and police can not be risked by releasing a convict. It's strange that an organisation under banner of 'democratic rights' argues for the convict more than care for the safety of common people under rule of law!
    1 year ago reply
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