Kobad Ghandy, Maoist political prisoner, was acquitted today by the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Mohammad Gulzar in Patiala Punjab of all charges in the case registered against him by the Patiala police in 2010 for allegedly delivering anti-national speeches on the Punjabi University campus.
Ghandy had been booked under the Sections 10, 13, 18 and 20 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and Sections 419 and 120-B of the IPC for holding meetings on the premises of Punjabi University in April and May 2009 to promote the Maoist ideology. Senior defence counsel, Brijinder Singh Sodhi, had in arguments before the court yesterday, contended that the prosecution had produced “procured witnesses’, who could not establish the charges framed against Ghandy.
Defence Counsel had claimed that no offence could be made out against him. The court apparently accepted the arguments of the defence and acquitted Kobad of all charges in this matter.
Kobad now has to face trials in other cases against him in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, W Bengal, Jarkhand and Gujarat.