Court to speed up trial of Maoist Kobad Ghandy

To speed up legal proceedings in a case involving top Maoist leader Kobad Ghandy’s alleged bid to set up a base of his banned outfit in the capital, a Delhi court on Thursday asked the city police to file a synopsis of its argument on framing of charges against him.

Additional Sessions Judge Pawan Kumar Jain asked the police to submit its synopsis of arguments, after Ghandy filed his own contentions in writing opposing framing of charges against him.

The top Maoist functionary was chargesheeted by the Delhi Police under various stringent charges of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, besides those of cheating, forgery and impersonation under the Indian Penal Code.
The court gave the direction for expediting its proceedings in the case as charges against Ghandy are yet to be framed despite the fact the charge sheet against him was filed in February 2010.

64-year-old Ghandy was arrested by Special Cell of Delhi Police in September 2009. The prosecution has accused him and his associates of trying to set up a Maoist base in the national capital.

The investigators, who claimed to have recovered a fake voter identity and pan cards from Ghandy, also referred to a CD in which he was shown to be addressing armed cadres of the banned organisation.
The investigators have also pointed out that after his arrest, Jharkhand Police Inspector Francis Induwar was killed on October 6, last year and leaflets were distributed in Maharashtra calling for bandh in protest against his detention.

An alumni of the prestigious Doon School, Ghandy is said to be part of the top leadership of erstwhile CPI-ML (People’s War Group) since 1981 and continued as a Central Committee member of CPI (Maoist). He was elevated to its Politburo in 2007.

Ghandy is also accused in the killings of Congress leader Chittem Narsi Reddy, his son Chittem Venkateswara Reddy and 7 others by Maoists in Narayanapet in Mahbubnagar district on August 15, 2005.

He is currently lodged in Tihar Jail and is facing trial in around 20 criminal cases in different parts of the country.

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