DU prof gets life imprisonment for Maoist links

Mar 08, 2017, 00:28
DU prof gets life imprisonment for Maoist links

Saibaba and four others were on Tuesday sentenced to undergo life imprisonment by a Maharashtra court for their links with Maoists. They have been found guilty under various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act dealing with conspiracy, being a member of terrorist gang or organisation and offences relating to support given to a terrorist organization Saibaba is now out on bail. Along with Saibaba, JNU student Hem Mishra, former journalist Prashant Rahi and three others have also been convicted for Maoist links.

He suffers 90% physical disability due to post-polio paralysis and is wheelchair-bound.

In April 2016, the Supreme Court granted Saibaba bail on medical grounds and ordered his release.

P Sathianathan while demanding life sentence for all the six convicts said that no reprieve be given to Saibaba on health grounds.

During the argument in court in November, the prosecution said that the prosecution of the accused was being done as per the rules. The sentence will be pronounced at 3 pm. The court has found Saibaba guilty of having links with Left-wing extremist organizations and waging war against India. The Bombay High Court had on December 23, 2015 issued the contempt notice against the author, for her views on Saibaba's arrest and rejection of his bail plea.

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). 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.

"People who raised anti-national slogans in Ramjas College were the gang members of the very Saibaba". 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 arrested on May 9, 2014, from his Delhi residence on the basis of the alleged incriminating material recovered from him.

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