The Delhi High Court on Friday sought a response from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to a plea by civil rights activist Gautam Navlakha seeking interim bail in the Bhima Koregaon violence case. Justice Anup J. Bhambhani asked the NIA to submit its response, and listed the case for May 27.
Mr. Navlakha, who is lodged in Tihar jail after he surrendered before the NIA on April 14 in pursuance to a Supreme Court direction, sought interim bail on the ground that due to his advanced age (67), he was vulnerable to catching viral infections in a crowded environment like prison during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The applicant is a citizen suffering from Colonic Polyposis, Chronic Gastritis and lactose intolerance, which can be controlled only through timely and regular medication.." his plea said. While he was in NIA custodyduring interrogation, he was diagnosed with high blood pressure at Safdarjung Hospitalwhich all the more increases the risk of his morbidity”, it stated.