Due to the festival, no cop was available to transport Vernon Gonsalves to the JJ hospital in Mumbai.

MUMBAI: Taloja jail authorities have said Elgar Parishad case accused Vernon Gonsalves who tested positive for dengue on September 7 after several days of fever could not be admitted that day since there was no police escort due to Ganeshotsav and he was admitted to state-run JJ hospital on September 8 with an escort. Activist Gonsalves had recently applied for interim bail on health grounds saying he had fever since August 30 and alleging lack of proper treatment at Taloja. Last week, the special court called for a report from the jail superintendent and questioned why no reply had been filed to his plea. The authorities claimed initially the accused was not inclined to be admitted to the jail hospital. Gonsalves’s wife and lawyer Susan Abraham who received the report on Monday will make submissions on its claim on Tuesday when the special court is scheduled to hear the bail plea. The jail superintendent’s report was sought by the court in an order passed last week. The report tendered by special public prosecutor Prakash Shetty said on August 31 the jail hospital was not informed of Gonsalves’ fever. On September 2, the authorities claimed to learn of the fever when he came to the jail hospital and the jail medical officer administered medicine on September 3-4. On September 5 as the fever did not subside, they did a malaria test which was negative and asked him to be admitted at the jail hospital, which the authorities say he was not inclined to.

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