Maoist ideologue Kobad Ghandy acquitted of terror charges

Kobad Ghandy was arrested in 2009 for being a member of banned outfit

Maoist ideologue Kobad Ghandy acquitted of terror charges

A court here on Friday acquitted Maoist ideologue Kobad Ghandy of terror charges, but convicted him for cheating and forgery, and sentenced him for the period which he has already spent in the jail, from September 2009.

Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh acquitted Ghandy under Section 20 and 38 (member of banned outfit and furthering its activities) of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), but convicted him of cheating, forgery and impersonation under provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The court also convicted his associate, co-accused Rajinder Kumar, of charges dealing with cheating but acquitted him of terror charges.

According to police, Ghandy was involved in setting up a new network of the banned Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) in Delhi. He was arrested here in September 20, 2009, while undergoing treatment for cancer.

Ghandy was living in Delhi to propagate the activities of the CPI-Maoist and he was helped by co-accused Kumar, police said.

Kumar was arrested on March 19, 2010.

Ghandy is considered to be an ideologue of the Maoist movement in India. He used to write articles on issues relating to economy and politics, even while in prison.