BERHAMPUR: Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda on Thursday expressed his interest to write for the public. Appearing before Berhampur SDJM court on Thursday, Sabyasachi said he should be allowed to write through the media as he is a citizen of a democratic country.
His counsel, Deepak Patnaik, said as a part of reform measures, Sabyasachi wants to write on religion, life story of great personalities and autobiography. “He now understands the importance of returning to mainstream and as per the Constitution, he should be given a chance,” Patnaik said.
The Maoist leader also appealed to the court to direct the jail authorities for his regular medical checkup as he suffered from malaria.
Sabyasachi, currently lodged in Circle Jail, was produced in the court on Thursday in connection with a case at Gosaninuagaon in 2011 when two youths were nabbed with a revolver.
The arrested youths had told the police that they had procured the revolver from the Maoist leader. The youths - Sunil Pradhan and Brundaban Nahak - were recently released on bail. The court will conduct another hearing on the case on September 3.
Patnaik said despite his repeated appeals for provision of special treatment for Sabyasachi who is ailing, the court has not given any direction in this connection yet. “We would appeal before the High Court over the matter,” he added.