MUMBAI: The Gadchiroli sessions court on Tuesday awarded life imprisonment to Delhi University professor GN Saibaba and five others for their “links” with Left-wing extremist organisations and “waging war” against India.
Apart from the professor, the court also convicted Jawaharlal Nehru University student Hem Mishra, former journalist Prashant Rahi and three others under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
Judge Suryakant Shinde, who awarded the sentence, held the accused guilty of waging war against the country and supporting the ideology of a banned Maoist organisation.
“We could produce convincing evidence establishing links between Saibaba and the banned outfit as well as several other groups in and outside India,” a senior officer investigating the case told Express.
“We had gathered huge digital evidence from Saibaba’s residence in Delhi. Forensic experts proved in the court that the data was not tampered with and other investigating officials deciphered various documents therein. Several documents were in different names like Prakash, Chetan apart from Saibaba himself.
We were able to prove that Saibaba was active under various identities and the documents referred to him,” he added.