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Neglected by jail, ailing life convict gets parole

A life convict got interim relief from the Bombay High Court to get medical treatment after his left leg was amputated due to negligence of jail authorities.

mumbai Updated: Oct 29, 2010 01:38 IST
HT Correspondent

A life convict got interim relief from the Bombay High Court to get medical treatment after his left leg was amputated due to negligence of jail authorities.

A division bench of justice DD Sinha and justice AP Bhangale on Thursday granted parole (temporary release from prison for a specific purpose) to Shyam Yadav, a resident of Meghwadi in Bandra, who is serving life sentence in Nashik Road Central Prison for murdering his wife in 2004.

The sessions court had convicted him on January 24, 2005. He was also convicted for harassing his wife for dowry. Yadav had challenged his conviction in the high court.

In March 2005, the high court admitted his appeal and refused to release him on bail. In January 2009, Yadav started to feel numbness in the lower half of his leg as there was problem in the blood circulation. Later in September, he suffered an injury on his left toe, which was partially treated by the prison medical officer.

As the wound did not heal, he was referred to the Nashik civil hospital. In January 2010, the doctors told Yadav that his toe had to be amputated, but he was not operated on.

When the infection spread further, he was referred to the JJ Hospital. “Finally, in the first week of October, the doctors had to amputate his left leg up to the thigh. Had they treated Yadav earlier, his leg would have been saved,” said NN Gawankar, Yadav’s counsel.

Now, Yadav has made a similar compliant of numbness in his right leg, said Gawankar. Although Yadav sought bail to get medical treatment, the high court has directed his release on parole.