CPI (Maoist) woman member secures bail

An alleged woman member of banned left-wing extremists outfit Communist Party of India (Maoist), arrested along with her husband Gopal Mishra for their links with the outlawed organisation, has been granted bail by the Delhi High Court.

Mishra’s wife Kanchan Mishra was granted bail by Justice Mukta Gupta on a personal bond of Rs one lakh with two sureties of the same amount.

“In the facts and circumstances of the case, I deem it fit to grant bail to the petitioner (Kanchan). It is, therefore, directed that Kanchan be released on bail on her furnishing a personal bond in the sum of Rs one lakh with two sureties of the like amount, subject to the satisfaction of the trial court,” said Justice Gupta.

The court enlarged Kanchan Mishra on bail stipulating that she would not leave the capital without court’s permission. Gopal Mishra, who is behind bars since April 27, 2010, along with his wife, was ordered to be put on trial by a Delhi court in July 2011, under the country’s anti-terror law.

Seeking bail, Kanchan’s counsel told the court that all the alleged incriminating articles, including the documents and laptop, was recovered from her husband or from their house, and possession of the same cannot be attributed to her.

The trial court had framed charges against the couple for allegedly having links with the CPI (Maoist) and committing various offences under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, saying the documents recovered from them “lay emphasis” on capturing political power through armed rebellion.

Gopal, 44, was arrested by Special Cell of Delhi police on April 26, 2010 from Shahdara in East Delhi here and was found carrying various documents and a CD containing material related to CPI (Maoist). His wife Kanchan was arrested a day later.

The prosecution had claimed that during interrogation, Gopal revealed that he is an active member and city organiser for Delhi region of CPI (Maoist) and his task is to motivate people to join the banned outfit.

The prosecution had also said Gopal and his wife used to visit colleges here to hold meetings and seminars and to distribute literatures on Maoist ideology among youths.

According to the charge sheet, incriminating materials, including a laptop, CDs, DVDs, pen drives, bulk printed and electronic material related to CPI (Maoist) ideology, working and activities, were recovered from their house.

The trial court, while framing charges against the accused, had said the documents recovered from their possession includes the details of the banned outfit’s activities not only in Delhi but also in Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, including the Danthewada jail break incident in December 2008.

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