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Bombay HC acquits former DU professor GN Saibaba, 5 others in alleged Maoist links case | Mint – Mint

The Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court on 14 October acquitted former Delhi University professor GN Saibaba and 5 others from charges of links with banned extremist outfits. 

The Gadchiroli court had awarded them life imprisonment for anti-national activities.

A division bench of Justice Rohit Deo and Anil Pansare allowed the appeal filed by Saibaba challenging a 2017 order of the trial court convicting him and sentencing him to life imprisonment. 

Saibaba, who is wheelchair-bound due to a physical disability, is currently lodged at the Nagpur central prison. 

The bench also allowed the appeal of five other convicts in the case and acquitted them. 

One of the five died pending hearing of the appeal. 

The bench directed for the convicts to be released forthwith from jail unless they are accused in any other case.

In March 2017, a sessions court in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district had convicted Saibaba and others, including a journalist and a Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student for alleged Maoist links and for indulging in activities amounting to waging war against the country.

The court had held Saibaba and the others guilty under various provisions of the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and the Indian Penal Code (IPC). 

(With inputs from PTI)

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