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Ensure medical treatment of PFI founder chairman E Abubacker on regular basis: Delhi HC directs Tihar Jail

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The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the Medical Superintendent of Tihar Jail to ensure that efficacious medical treatment is provided to Popular Front of India (PFI) founder chairman E Abubacker regularly.

A division bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul and Justice Talwant Singh was hearing the tall Muslim leader’s appeal challenging the order of the special judge rejecting his application seeking bail on medical grounds, Live Law reported.

The 70-year-old Muslim leader is currently in Delhi’s Tihar jail for a case investigated by the National Investigation Agency under provisions of India’s terror law, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the National Investigation Agency.

Abubacker suffers from serious medical ailments, including a rare form of cancer – gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma – and Parkinson’s disease.

The court issued notice on an application moved on behalf of Abubacker seeking to place an affidavit on record and sought a response from the NIA on the factual assertions made in it, the legal website reported.

“In the meantime, the medical superintendent Tihar Jail is directed to ensure that the appellant is provided efficacious treatment for all his illnesses on a regular basis,” the bench directed.

“When he wakes up, he has a sevaadaar. He cannot wake without a sevaadaar, who he cannot even communicate with. His language is Malyaalam or English. This gentleman is someone with no prior antecedents. This is the first and only case against him. He has been a school teacher. He is someone who is 71 and seeing confines of prison for the first time,” said advocate Adit S. Pujari appearing on behalf of Abubacker.

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