Supreme Court suspends release of ex-DU professor GN Saibaba in UAPA case

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has postponed the release of ex-DU professor GN Saibaba and others from prison, as reported by PTI. This order came after the Bombay Supreme Court acquitted Saibaba in the Maoist left case. The highest court also rejected the ex-DU professor’s plea to place him under house arrest due to his disability and health problems. By order of the SC, the Nagpur District Court of Bombay Supreme Court acquitted Saibaba earlier on Friday and ordered his immediate release from prison. A division bench of Judges Rohit Deo and Anil Pansare also allowed an appeal filed by Saibaba against a 2017 court order convicted and sentenced him to life imprisonment. Saibaba, who is wheelchair bound, is currently incarcerated in Nagpur Central Prison.

“We were confident that he would be acquitted because he did nothing wrong. There was no crime and no evidence. I am grateful to the judiciary and everyone who supported us,” Vasantha Kumari told PTI on the phone.

The couple’s daughter is currently chasing Jamia Millia Islamia’s MPhil. Asked how they dealt with his absence over the past eight years, Vasantha Kumari said: “Don’t ask! It took a lot of struggle and patience over the past eight years. Lost his job.”

In March 2017, a court in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra convicted Saibaba and other people, including a journalist and a student of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), for alleged Maoist ties and for participating in activities amounting to waging war against the country. The court had found Saibaba and the others guilty under various provisions of the strict Law (Prevention) Illegal Activities (UAPA) and the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Saibaba, 52, who is wheelchair-bound due to a physical disability, is currently incarcerated in Nagpur Central Prison. He was arrested in February 2014.

(With input from the agency)

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