Delhi Police for joint trial of Ghandy, associate

New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Tuesday told a court here that top naxal leader Kobad Ghandy, accused of trying to set up a base for his banned outfit CPI (Maoist) here, and his associate Arvind Joshi be tried together.

Additional Public Prosecutor Rajiv Mohan made the submission to Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav while pursuing the Delhi Police’s supplementary charge sheet with a fresh sanction to prosecute Ghandy under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

Mohan told the court that Ghandy and Joshi, who has been accused of harbouring the naxal leader, should be tried together as they are accused of entering into a criminal conspiracy. Joshi was discharged earlier by a sessions court from offences under the anti-terror law on the ground that there was no evidence against him.

On the other hand, Ghandy had been discharged for the want of proper sanction for his prosecution under anti-terror law.

Additional Sessions Judge Pawan jain had last month discharged Ghandy from the stringent UAPA provisions even while holding that “there is sufficient material on record to make out a prima-facie case (against him) for the offence.”

Both Ghandy and Joshi now face prosecution merely under the penal provisions of impersonation, cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy, which are triable by a magisterial court.

APP Mohan, however, argued that after filing of the supplementary chargesheet against Ghandy with fresh sanction for his prosecution under anti-terror law, Joshi too should be tried along with Ghandy for harbouring him.

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