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Another HIV+ convict seeks bail

india Updated: Aug 18, 2009 01:20 IST
Urvi Mahajani

Lack of treatment to HIV positive convicts in prisons has become a cause of concern for the Bombay High Court, with yet another convict seeking bail.

A man convicted to life for murder has approached the court, seeking bail. He has stated that he was diagnosed as HIV-positive and needs medication urgently. His advocates, Sushan Kunjuraman and Mahesh Kadam, argued that their client was not being provided with proper medical treatment.

The court has asked Additional Public Prosecutor Poornima Kantharia to get a medical report from the Nashik jail where he is lodged. Last week, the court released another HIV-positive convict and even suspended his sentence after the Yerawada Jail authorities failed to take him to a government hospital and provide necessary medical aid.

In the present case, the convict has filed an appeal against his conviction. It was admitted in February. He was diagnosed as being HIV+ and needing urgent medication, said Kunjuraman.