07/03/2017 4:21 PM IST | Updated 07/03/2017 4:25 PM IST

DU Professor G.N. Saibaba Booked Under UAPA, Sentenced To Life Imprisonment

For having connections with the banned CPI-Maoists.

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GN Saibaba, a Delhi University professor and five others have been convicted under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for allegedly having connections with the banned CPI-Maoists by a sessions court in Gadricholi, Maharashtra.

The professor who used to teach in a college under the University of Delhi and is bound to a wheelchair has been sentenced for life.

Saibaba was arrested in May 2014 from the Delhi University campus for alleged Maoist links.

He was lodged in Nagpur jail until April, 2016, when the Supreme Court granted him bail on medical grounds saying that the Maharashtra government had been 'extremely unfair' to him and had been 'unnecessarily harassing' him.

Saibaba came under scrutiny after Hemant Mishra, a student of Jawaharlal Nehru University, claimed that he was acting as a messenger between Professor Saibaba and maoists in Chhattisgarh's Abujmad forests back in 2014.

A PTI report from then said that the police then interrogated Saibaba at least four times in the six months before his arrest.

The same PTI report claimed that the police believed Saibaba to be the Delhi contact for many Maoist leaders including Kobad Gandhy, Prashant Rahi and Bacha Prasad Singh.

The police accused him of being an overground link for the Maoists who helped the banned the group with logistics and recruitment.

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