Kerala HC refuses Navy's demand, shifts 'whistleblower' sailor to Nimhans
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The News Minute | November 7, 2014 | 11:15 am IST The Kerala High Court has directed Naval authorities to take Sunil Kumar Sahu,Â a naval shipwright artificer of INS Kattabomman, to NIMHANS hospital in Bangalore for a medical evaluation. The sailor who had submitted a complaint raising corruption charges against his seniors in the Navy was admitted to the Naval hospital in Kochi as his seniors claimed he was mentally unwell. Â Following an examination of a naval 'whistleblower' in Kochi by a government psychiatrist which revealed that the officer had no mental abnormalities, the Kerala High Court last Thursday ordered the transfer of the officer from a psychiatric ward of a naval hospital to a government facility. This hospital too gave a report that Sahu was normal. The Kerala High Court also rejected the Navy's plea to admit Sahu in a naval hospital. The court also warned lawyer Pinky Anand who appeared for the Navy and asked her not to cross certain limits in a courtroom. The HC has asked the Navy to shift Sahu to NIMHANS within three days and submit a report on his health within fifteen days. Sunil Kumar Sahu, a naval shipwright artificer of INS Kattabomman, Tirunelveli, had alleged that he was being held against his will at a Kochi hospital by the navy, allegedly because he leveled charges of corruption against his commanding officers. He was allegedly taken into custody almost a week ago on the instructions of his commanding officers at the naval base in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, and shifted to Kochi for â€śmedical treatmentâ€ť as he was "mentally unsound". Sahi had earlier told The News Minute, â€śI have been forcefully kept here, I canâ€™t say anything more than that.â€ť The navy denied the allegations. Read: Sailor with Indian Navy says he is being held against his will for exposing scam, Navy denies
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