Maoist leader’s defence counsel moves plea
Tribune News Service
Patiala, July 8
The defence counsel for Maoist leader Kobad Ghandy, who had been
facing charges under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), today
moved an application before the court of Additional Sessions and
District Judge Mohammad Gulzar, seeking permission to let Ghandy appear
before the court through videoconferencing from Hyderabad jail, where he
is at present lodged.
During the last hearing, when Ghandy was lodged at the Tihar Jail,
the defence counsel had moved a similar application before the court.
Ghandy had been booked by the Patiala Sadar police in January 2010 under
Sections 10, 13, 18 and 20 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act
(UAPA) and Sections 419 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for
holding meetings on the premises of Punjabi University in April and May
2009 to promote Maoist ideologies.
Ghandy, a politburo member of the banned CPI (Maoist), was arrested
by the Delhi Police in September 2009. He had later moved a bail plea in
the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which was rejected. The maoist
leader had pleaded that he was booked for delivering a lecture on the
campus of Punjabi University in April and May in 2009 and at that time
the CPI (Maoist) was not banned. The CPI (Maoist) was banned in June 22,
2009, he had argued.