Over 130 renowned intellectuals from across the world have appealed to President Ram Nath Kovind and Chief Justice of India (CJI) S.A. Bobde to release professor G.N. Saibaba and activist Varavara Rao who are in Maharashtra prisons amid COVID-19 outbreak. According to the signatories, Saibaba and Rao have been imprisoned in ‘fabricated cases’ and are vulnerable to infection in the overcrowded Maharashtra prison.
Among the signatories are some renowned intellectuals such as Noam Chomsky, Judith Butler, Partha Chatterjee, Homi K. Bhabha, Bruno Latour, Gerald Horne and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. In their petition, they said, “Delhi University Professor Saibaba is 90% disabled with post-polio syndrome and does not have proper access to medical care. He was implicated in a fabricated case alleging that he was “waging war against the state.” He has been in prison for the past three years.”
“He suffers from a number of life-threatening ailments (including acute pancreatitis, cardiac complications, hypertension, impacted gallbladder stones, fainting spells, and more) and has lost most of the functioning of both his hands since being imprisoned. The continued negligence of jail authorities is effectively a death sentence for him during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are calling on the government of India to immediately release Professor G.N. Saibaba from prison on medical bail so that he can receive proper medical treatment and be protected from the Coronavirus outbreak,” the statement says.
According to the statement submitted to the government of India, the 80-year-old poet Varavara Rao is a notable public intellectual and ardent civil rights activist. “For the past 60 years, he has shown a firm commitment to working for the oppressed. For the past 18 months, he has been in prison, awaiting trial.
“Considering G.N. Saibaba’s and Varavara Rao’s deteriorating health conditions and the outbreak of COVID-19 in prisons, we strongly believe that there is a potential danger to their lives. We appeal to you to release them immediately on bail to restore their right to live,” the statement appeals.
In March 2017, a Gadchiroli sessions court sentenced Saibaba and four others, including a journalist and a JNU student, for Maoist links and for indulging in activities amounting to waging war against the country under provisions of the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). Following the conviction, Saibaba was lodged in the Nagpur prison.
While Varavara Rao was arrested in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist link case. The case relates to alleged inflammatory speeches made at the Elgar Parishad conclave held in Pune on December 31, 2017, which the police claimed triggered violence the next day near the Koregaon-Bhima war memorial. The Pune police also claimed that the conclave was backed by Maoists. займ от банкабыстрый займ в новосибирскезайм на карту челябинск займ новосибирскзайм на золотую коронубыстрый займ на карту без процентов