On Friday, a Nagpur judge of the Mumbai High Court acquitted former Delhi University professor GN Saibaba in the alleged Maoist connection case and ordered his immediate release from prison.
A division of Justices Rohit Deo and Anil Pansare granted GN Saibaba’s appeal challenging the trial court’s 2017 order that convicted him and sentenced him to life imprisonment.
GN Saibaba, who is in a wheelchair due to a physical disability, is currently being held in Nagpur Central Prison.
The bench also allowed five other offenders in the case to appeal and acquit them. One of the five died during the appeal hearing.
The judge ordered the criminals to be released from prison immediately unless they were charged in any other case.
Mr Saibaba’s wife said she believed he would be acquitted. “We believe he will be acquitted. We thank the judiciary and those who supported us,” Mr Sai Baba’s wife told PTI.
In March 2017, a conference court in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district convicted Saibaba and others, including a journalist and a Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student, on charges of having an affair with Mao. The faction was connected and engaged in what amounted to waging war against the country.
The court found GN Saibaba and others guilty under various provisions of the strict Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and Indian Penal Code (IPC).
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