GN Saibaba, 5 others convicted under UAPA Act over Maoist links

08 March, 2017, 00:24 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Maoist links DU professor GN Saibaba five others convicted by Maharashtra's Gadchiroli court

In a landmark judgment, a local court in Gadchiroli on Tuesday sentenced former Delhi University professor G.N. Saibaba and four others to life imprisonment for links with Maoists.

The Gadchiroli sessions court sentenced Saibaba and five others to life imprisonment under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

Saibaba, an English professor at Ram Lal Anand college in Delhi, was arrested in May 2014 soon after Mishra said during interrogation that he was acting as a link between the DU professor and Maoists in the Abujmad forests of Chhattisgarh.

In the sedition case slapped against him, Saibaba, who is 90 per cent disabled and bound to a wheelchair, is charged for being a member of a banned anti-national maoist organisations.

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Saibaba, 90 per cent physically disabled, was released on bail on medical grounds by the Supreme Court in April past year.

Mr Sathianathan, who led the prosecution legal team, said they presented glaring evidence and concrete facts before the sessions court. The court found Saibaba and the other accused guilty of waging a war against India. It has been proven by the court that he was in touch with the Maoists hiding in jungles and used to work for them from the city.

It alleged that Saibaba spread the ideology and aided recruitment of Maoists in many universities of the country, including Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Delhi University (DU). Saibaba's visits to the college last week were met with protests from the ABVP. He was arrested in 2014 and accused of being a member of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist), but denied any involvement.

Saibaba was picked up from his house in Delhi in 2013 after Mishra and two others were caught with some incriminating letters and a memory card which contained, according to police, incriminating documents about the banned organisation.

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