In a significant development, the Gadchiroli session court in Maharashtra has ordered life imprisonment for suspended Delhi University professor GN Saibaba. The court has found Saibaba guilty of having links with Left-wing extremist organizations and waging war against India. Along with Saibaba, 5 other people have also been sent to life imprisonment for the same crime, as punishable under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The 5 others convicted include former journalist Prashant Rahi and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Hem Mishra.
The Maharashtra police had arrested Saibaba in May 2014 for his suspected links with the top leaders of the outlawed CPI (Maoist). After his arrest, he was kept at the Nagpur central prison for around two years. Later, he had managed to get an interim bail from the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court, on the plea that his health condition was deteriorating.
It may be recalled that Saibaba became a suspect after the arrest of JNU student Hem Mishra. Mishra told the police that he was acting on the orders of Saibaba, which prompted the police to go after Saibaba. The police had arrested Mishra in 2013, when he was travelling to Abujhmad in Maoist insurgency-hit Chhattisgarh.