Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Andhra police seeks custody of Kobad, court asks for report

TNN 18 November 2009, 12:51am IST
Kobad Ghandy

NEW DELHI: Andhra Pradesh Police has moved a trial court seeking the custody of top maoist leader, Kobad Ghandy,in connection with a case registered



against him in Karimnagar in 2008. Ghandy was arrested in the capital on September 20 by the special cell of Delhi police.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kaveri Baweja, on Tuesday, sought a report from Tihar authorities on a plea by the Andhra Pradesh police and directed the Superintendent of Tihar jail, where Ghandy is lodged, to file a report by Wednesday.

The AP police moved an application with a production warrant issued by Additional Judicial Magistrate of Karimnagar district, stating that the accused was wanted in a case registered with the Karimnagar (rural) police station in 2008.

The court, after hearing the plea of the AP Police, postponed the matter to Wednesday for further hearing. Ghandy, 63, is to be produced on or before November 27 for various charges under the IPC, the Explosive Substances Act and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, said the state police.

Ghandy, the alleged think-tank of the CPI Maoists, is in judicial custody till November 27. Delhi police, which had on October 31 secured a green signal from a lower court to conduct narco-analysis test on Ghandy, suffered a setback after the Delhi HC stayed it on the constitutional validity of the test.

The accused, who expanded the organisation's influence in urban areas, is suffering from prostate cancer and cardiac problems. An alumni of the prestigious Doon School, Ghandy was in the top echelons of erstwhile CPI-ML (People's War Group) from 1981 and continued as central committee member in CPI(Maoist) politbureau in 2007.

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