Suspended DU professor GN Saibaba gets life imprisonment for Maoist links

Mar 08, 2017, 00:28
Suspended DU professor GN Saibaba gets life imprisonment for Maoist links

Delhi University professor GN Saibaba has been given life sentence by a court in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli for his links with the Maoists.

Jawaharlal University (JNU) student Hem Mishra, former journalist Prashant Joshi Rahi and three others were also convicted under Sections 13, 18, 20, 38 and 39 of the UAPA.

Apart from Saibaba, those convicted were Hem Mishra, Prashant Rahi, Mahesh Tirkey, Pandu Narote and Vijay Tirkey.

The suspended English professor of Ram Lal Anand College, Delhi University, was arrested in May 2014 from Delhi.

The wheelchair-bound professor is 90 percent disabled and was paralysed from the waist-downwards after contracting polio in his childhood.

Saibaba had applied for bail, but the high court here had rejected his plea on all counts, particularly the health ground cited by Saibaba and his supporters citing medical reports, which clearly stated that proper medical aid was extended to him from super specialty hospital doctors when he was lodged in Central Prison in Nagpur.

P Sathianathan while demanding life sentence for all the six convicts said that no reprieve be given to Saibaba on health grounds. "All the videos were shown in court", said the public prosecutor.

The Gadchiroli court found GN Saibaba and five others guilty of waging a war against India.

RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Tuesday welcomed the life-imprisonment sentence awarded to DU professor G.N. Saibaba, saying the latter played a big role in spreading Maoism in urban areas. Though he worked at DU, Saibaba was also actively involved in the functioning of students' unions at JNU and DU. He was arrested by Maharashtra's Gadchiroli sessions court on charges of being a member of the banned CPI (Maoist) group, providing logistics and helping in recruitment for it.

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.