Activists and well-wishers of murdered Mangaluru RTI activist Vinayak Baliga fear that efforts are on to protect the main accused Naresh Shenoy and go easy on him in jail.
They allege that on the one hand Shenoy is making efforts to avoid jail by claiming to be ill, while on the other, unseen people are trying to get him out of jail. Shenoy was arrested nearly three months after Baligaâ€™s murder on March 21 in Mangaluru.
Three days after Shenoy was arrested on June 28, he obtained a medical certificate from a private hospital that said he has been suffering from kidney disease since 2014. Shenoy has submitted the certificate along with an application to the Third Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC), Mangaluru, seeking permission to be admitted to a particular nursing home for medical treatment.
The timing of this is suspect, but not really surprising says activist and President of the Federation of Indian Rationalistsâ€™ Association Narendra Nayak.
â€śNobody is going to question the doctor (at a private nursing home). So they will keep saying he will need hospitalisation until he gets bail,â€ť Nayak said.
He has pointed out that before remanding him to judicial custody, government doctors who conducted the mandatory health check-up found no complications.
â€śThere is no need for Shenoy to go to a private nursing home for treatment when the government Wenlock hospital has special cells reserved for prisoners and under trials. It is attached to a tertiary care teaching hospital which is one of the best in the country,â€ť Shenoy said in a press conference in Mangaluru on Friday.
Nayak also said that there are discrepancies in the health certificate submitted to the court.
â€śThe certificate is signed by Dr SK Mankar who had treated him at Highland Hospital for lumbar pain for the past 15 days and dysuria+ on November 10, 2015. The certificate states that his is an old case of obstructive renal disease treated by Dr Ashok Pandit, a consultant â€śneurologistâ€ť, on May 11, 2014, at Mangala Kidney Foundation and later on by Dr SK Mankar on the above date. There is nothing to prove that Dr Ashok Pandith has treated him or that he has been suffering from what he claims!â€ť
The certificate also says that Shenoy has been suffering from intolerable pain and has been undergoing medication since several years. â€śWe wonder what a patient suffering from chronic renal disease was doing when he was absconding for nearly three months,â€ť Nayak said in the press conference.
Nayak who is also the Convener of the Deshapremi Sanhgatanegala Okkuta which has been fighting for justice for Baliga. Nayak is among those who have alleged that the Superintendent of the District Sub-Jail in Mangaluru had received a call from a man claiming to be the PA of MLA and former minister UT Khader.
In a Facebook post on Thursday, Nayak said that the caller â€śthe guest (Shenoy) who is coming should be treated well and sent immediately to a private hospital. The jailer refuses and is threatened with all sorts of punishment including transfer and he tells him to get lost!â€ť
Khader however, denied that any such call had been made. He said he asked all five of his personal assistants and that all of them had denied this. â€śThis is false news. I called the Superintendent of Jail and asked him to give me the number of the caller. I have also asked the Police Commissioner to inquire into this and give me a report.â€ť