Nagpur: Dr G N Saibaba, the Delhi University Professor who was arrested for links with Maoists, was granted bail by the Supreme Court forthwith on Monday. The wheelchair-bound Professor was arrested in May 2014. He was granted bail July 2015 but it was cancelled by the Bombay High Court in December last year.
The Apex Court Bench came down heavily on the counsel for the State when he objected the grant of bail even though the examination of all material witnesses was over. “Do you want to extract a pound of flesh?” asked Justice J S Khehar. Dismissing as baseless the argument that he would indulge in anti-national activities if released on bail, the Bench ordered the immediate release of Dr Saibaba.
Saibaba was arrested after the arrest of a Jawaharlal Nehru University student who had claimed before the probe agencies that he was acting as a courier between the Professor and Maoists holed up in forests of Chhattisgarh. Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district police had accused Saibaba of acting as a link for the Naxals. Police claimed the Professor runs an organization which was acting as a front for CPI-Maoist, a charge denied by Saibaba. Police had claimed that besides the JNU student, three other arrested Maoist leaders have also named Saibaba as their contact in Delhi.