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Supreme Court of India orders Gautam Nolakha to be transferred from jail to hospital

Mumbai, September 30 (Azadi Times) The Supreme Court of India today ordered the superintendent of Mumbai’s Taluja Jail to grant immediate treatment to prominent human rights activist Gautam Nolakha, who is imprisoned under the UAPA, a black law for the prevention of illegal activities.

He has been directed to be transferred to Jaslok Hospital in the city. According to Nolakha’s lawyer, she has colon cancer.

According to Kashmir Media Service, a bench comprising Justices KM Joseph and Hrishikesh Roy said that treatment is a fundamental right. “We direct that the petitioner be immediately taken to the hospital for a complete medical check-up,” he said.

According to Indian media, the bench also directed the hospital authorities to submit a report to the Supreme Court about the check-up.

Advocate Kapil Sibal told the court that Gautam Nolakha is over 70 years old and is suffering from colon cancer. Gautam Nolakha was arrested in connection with a program organized on December 31, 2017.

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