DU prof Saibaba sentenced to life term for his Maoist sympathies with 4 others

The Gadchiroli court pronounced life imprisonment for five people including Sai Baba and ten years for Vijay Tirke for the crime.

DU prof Saibaba sentenced to life term for his Maoist sympathies with 4 others

Delhi University Professor GN Saibaba has been sentenced to life imprisonment by a Gadchiroli Sessions Court for his alleged Maoist links under the Unlawful Prevention of Atrocities Act (UAPA).

Jawaharlal Nehru University student Hem Mishra, former journalist Prashant Rahi and two others have also been convicted for the alleged links with Saibaba.

The Gadchiroli court pronounced life imprisonment for five people including Sai Baba and ten years for Vijay Tirke for the crime.


The final arguments in the case were started in November 2016, in the predilection of the DU teacher and the others in the Gadchiroli sessions court.

Saibaba, an English professor who teaches in DU's Lal Anand College was arrested from his residence in 2013 for his alleged Maoist links.

He was arrested after a JNU student Hem Mishra allegedly revealed in front of the police that he was acting as a link between the DU professor and Maoists in the Abujmad forests of Chhattisgarh.

Saibaba along with others have been convicted under Sections 13, 18, 20, 38 and 39 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (Amendment 2008).

However, the Supreme Court bench of Justice JS Khehar and Justice Nagappan while acting on a Special leave petition challenging the bail application of the professor by the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay HC, granted bail to Saibaba based on his worst health situation.

The apex court also rebuked the counsel of Maharashtra government saying, “You have been extremely unfair to the accused(Prof Saibaba), especially given to his medical examination”. Earlier, the lawyers appearing for the DU professor has pleaded for extension of bail on health grounds.

The wheelchair-bound Saibaba is disabled and was paralysed from the waist downwards after inflicted with polio in childhood.