Even after the court’s order, the lawyer of SIMI activists was not able to meet them at Bhopal Central Jail on Saturday as jail authorities wanted him to identify himself as a relative of undertrials, advocate Parvez Alam said. The lawyer said that the jail authorities wanted him to sign to a form identifying himself as their ‘relatives’, even though it wanted to replace it ‘clients’, they did not agree to it.
When asked Jail superintendent Dinesh Nargave said he was only following procedure and the lawyer was also not stopped the advocate from meeting his clients. Alam, who has filed a complaint against the jail officials at Gandhinagar Police Station in Bhopal, also informed the the court that he could not meet his clients. He requested the court to suo motu initiate contempt proceedings. The case will be heard on November 17, a report in ‘The Indian Express’ has said. On Friday, an additional district judge had rejected an appeal for revision filed by the Madhya Pradesh government to enable Alam to visit five of 21 SIMI activists lodged in Bhopal jail.
The court had on Wednesday allowed the lawyer to meet his clients but the government challenged it through a revision plea. It said that it was in violation of jail manual, a plea the court struck down on Friday. In the meantime, Alam also objected to a video posted by a newspaper’s website which allegedly shows a staffer in hospital clicking selfies with bodies of the SIMI activists in the X-ray room on October 31.