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Maoist-links case: SC suspends Bombay HC order acquitting Ex-DU professor Saibaba and others

New Delhi: The Supreme Court, in a special hearing today, suspended the October 14 order of the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court which had acquitted former Delhi University professor GN Saibaba and others in the alleged Maoist links case.

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court, in a special hearing today, suspended the October 14 order of the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court which had acquitted former Delhi University professor GN Saibaba and others in the alleged Maoist links case. After a two-hour-long hearing in a special meeting held on Saturday, Justice MR. Shah and Justice Bela M. Trivedi passed this order while issuing notice on the appeal filed by the State of Maharashtra.

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The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court on Friday acquitted Saibaba and five others in the Maoist links case and ordered their immediate release. The Supreme Court on Saturday held a special meeting to hear the Maharashtra government’s plea against the acquittal of GN Saibaba and others. The Supreme Court issued notices to Saibaba and other co-accused and now the next hearing will be held on December 8.

The Maharashtra government on Friday moved the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the Bombay High Court order. which was rejected. The Supreme Court, however, allowed the state government to make an application before the Registry, requesting for immediate listing of the matter. Significantly, GN Saibaba was ordered to be released after spending 8 years in jail in the alleged Maoist link case. The Bombay High Court ordered his acquittal for lack of valid sanction for prosecution under the stringent anti-terror law UAPA.

While setting aside the life sentence awarded to Saibaba by the trial court, the high court had said that the fight against terrorism is important. But procedural safeguards cannot be sacrificed ‘at the altar of perceived threat to national security’.

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