Petition to the Supreme Court of India: Bail for Professor GN Saibaba

April 3, 2016

https://www.change.org/p/bail-petition-for-gn-saibaba-a-paralyzed-professor-from-delhi-university-in-prison-yet-to-be-proven-guilty

http://www.newslaundry.com/2016/03/18/two-possible-ends-prof-gn-saibabas-story/?utm_content=buffer8cb0f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

A 90% disabled English Professor from Delhi University has been in prison for over 17 months, without a conviction.

His disability forces him to crawl on his hands and knees in the prison to use the hole in the cell floor as a bathroom. Because of this difficulty he has lost the use of his left hand, and is now left with one functioning limb – official medical reports say that if these conditions continue, he may not survive.

He has been accused by the Maharashtra government of associating with a group called the CPI(Maoist), that was banned in 2009. His supporters however say that he is being targeted because he was a critique of the government’s anti-Naxal campaign ‘Operation Greenhunt’; they claim that this campaign was really an excuse to push out innocent Adivasis to create industrial land.

His trial is ongoing, and so he is far from having been proven guilty.

If at the end of his trial he is proven innocent, what will his death amount to?

This petition is a signature campaign to the Chief Justice of India in the Supreme Court to grant him bail on medical grounds in the upcoming hearing on 4th April 2016 – it is NOT to advocate his innocence or guilt.

Saibaba is legally entitled to bail on humanitarian and medical grounds as he is disabled, and as India has signed the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

Deciding the innocence or guilt of a man is the prerogative of the judiciary. Ensuring institutions function in line with human rights is the responsibility of citizens.

PLEASE DO SIGN THIS PETITION IF YOU AGREE THAT G.N. SAIBABA SHOULD BE GRANTED BAIL ON HUMANITARIAN AND MEDICAL GROUNDS.