A Division Bench of Justices S.S. Shinde and M.S. Karnik said, “Humanity is most important. Everything else will follow. This is high time to conduct a workshop for prison authorities.”
These statements were made by the Court after activist and Elgaar Parishad case accused, Gautam Navlakha was denied his spectacles.
His family alleged that his spectacles were stolen in the Taloja Central Jail on November 27th and he was not allowed to inform his family till November 30th. Though he was 70 years old with power of 6.5, and was almost blind without his spectacles, it was denied. The family alleged that they sent him spectacles through speed post and it was returned.
The Bench stated “We need to conduct workshops for jailers. How are such small items denied? These are all human considerations.”
These above observations were made by the court while they were hearing a criminal application filed by Mr. Navlakha’s co-accused Ramesh Gaichor and Sagar, who organised the Elgar Parishad during the Bhima Koregaon Shaurya Din Prerana Abhiyan on December 31, 2017. They were charged under the Sections of the Indian Penal Code the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. This application was challenging their arrest by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the case will be further heard on December 21st.