A Mumbai court has allowed lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj, who is an accused in Bhima Koregaon violence, to access five books a month in Byculla District Prison, Mumbai.
Additional Sessions Judge DE Kothalikar directed the Superintendent of Byculla jail to allow Bharadwaj to access the books from outside the prison after carefully examining the books and ensuring that there is no objectionable material in any of them including material on propagation of the banned organisations – Revolutionary Democratic Front or CPI (Maoist).
The Court specified that books which contains vulgar, obscene, or pornographic content will not be allowed by the Superintendent.
Advocate Chandni Chawla for Bharadwaj was compelled to move the Sessions Court after the Superintendent of Byculla jail refused to permit access of books without leave from the Sessions Court.
The Sessions Court allowed the application after Chawla submitted an affidavit placing on record that the Superintendent had refused to grant access to books.