Law haunts Lady Public prosecutor
By Edrich Miranda
Feeble, bankrupt, aged, widowed, Ex-lady public prosecutor is allegedly jailed in breach of law. Meena A Navalkar (72), earlier was a public prosecutor at the City Civil & Sessions Court, Bombay. According to her, she has been wrongly implicated in C.C. No 128/P.W./2006, as an accused, because some persons with vested interest want to grab her property. Irrespective of the merits of the case, a fact stands out prominently, that she has been incaserated to the women’s prison at Byculla, since the past three months due to her inability to furnish surety for bail. Complaining bitterly against her opponents, the police and the magistrate, she has written in her own hand writing, a letter addressed to the Chief Justice and the Registrar General High Court, Bombay, seeking their intervention in respect of what she claims to be breach of Constitutional law, I.P.C., Cr.P.C, Human Rights Law and Supreme Court case law respectively.
This reporter met her at the Byculla Jail and heard her at length, thereafter he along with two advocates visited the 18th Metropolitan Magistrates Court at Girgaum, and requested to peruse her brief, which was declined by court staff and police; who say they have special instructions from (Ms Bhelerao, the Magistrate) not to show the papers or disclose any information, with respect to that particular case. Mrs Navalkar’s contention is , as an under trial, it is incumbent that she be produced before the magistrate, for extension of Judicial remand, which presently is being done in her absence, in breach of law. She further say’s, she is in a position to argue her own case, provided the magistrate is inclined to hear her. This reporter has written to some retired high court judges about her plight.