After the SC on November 18 trashed the NIA’s fresh objections to the court’s order directing 70-year-old Navlakha to be shifted from Taloja Jail to a CPI-owned premises in Mumbai, Husain (71) wrote to the NIA on November 19 declaring she has taken liquor bottles and cigarettes to the house-arrest premises. “I am carrying two bottles of whiskey (Glenmorangie and Roulette) for my own consumption and this is not for Navlakha, who does not take (sic) alcohol. I also have nine packets of cigarettes (Classic Ultra Mild) for my own use and not for Navlakha, who does not smoke. These are simply personal habits,” she wrote.
The NIA objected to liquor and cigarettes being taken inside the room, which the SC had exempted from CCTV coverage on the ground that it would be an invasion of Husain’s privacy. NIA sources said the agency felt intoxicants could create unforeseen situations and as such were not permissible.
Following the NIA’s objection, one of the police constables posted for security went to the flat and asked her to surrender the liquor bottles. On November 21, Husain wrote to the NIA about surrendering the liquor, but has not mentioned whether the cigarettes too were given away.