Prof Saibaba, 4 Others Sentenced For Life For Links With Maoists

New Delhi: Former Delhi University professor GN Saibaba and four others were sentenced to life imprisonment for allegedly having links with Maoists and supporting Maoist movement. The Gadchiroli sessions court in Maharashtra has convicted the professor and others for ‘waging war’ against India.

JNU student Hem Mishra, former journalist Prashant Rahi, Pandu Narote and Mahesh Tirke also were handed over life sentence. Hem Mishra and Rahi were arrested in August and September 2013 respectively from Aheri and Chhattisgarh.

Professor Saibaba was taken into custody on 9 May 2014 from his residence in Delhi basing on the information recovered from Mishra and Rahi. The police said they recovered incriminating evidence that was in the CDs, documents and pen drives. The five accused were convicted under sections 23, 18, 20, 38, 39 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act ( Amendment 2008) and 120 B if the IPC, according to advocate Barun Kumar who along with another advocate Surendra Gadling represented them in the court. The sixth accused Vijay Tirke was awarded a 10-year jail term.

Professor Saibaba, a paraplegic, was lodged in Nagpur Central jail for 14 months after his arrest. The Nagapur bench of Bombay High Court kept on refusing a bail to him. The apex court bench comprising Justice JS Khera and Justice Nagappan intervened in March 2016 and granted bail basing on a special leave petition.

The Supreme Court had then reprimanded the counsel of Maharashtra government saying that, “You have been extremely unfair to the accused, especially in view of his health condition.

Last week when Prof Saibaba visited Delhi campus, the ABVP activists have reportedly heckled him.

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