Mumbai/New Delhi: The District and Sessions Court in Gadchiroli on Tuesday found G.N. Saibaba, professor of English at Delhi University, and five others guilty of having links with banned Maoists and has sentenced them to life in jail. A sixth accused in the case has been sent to prison for 10 years.
Saibaba has been charged with waging war against the nation under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, (UAPA).
The Gadchiroli police had arrested Saibaba in 2014 for his alleged links with Maoists. He has been on bail since June last year. Prosecution lawyer Prashant Sathianathan, the Special Public Prosecutor, demanded that no mercy should be shown to Saibaba for being a physically challenged person as his actions led to the death of many innocents.
It was an emotional moment outside the court, as a shocked Saibaba clutched the hands of his wife, Vasanta Kumari, who bid him farewell as he was taken to jail. In a press statement, Vasanta expressed shock, saying she will appeal the verdict in the high court.
“This judgement is shocking. In the history of Maharashtra this is the first case in which all the persons charge-sheeted have been convicted. I will fight for justice till the very end,” she said.