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Mumbai court rejects bail plea of Maoist leader Narmada Akka's husband



The special NIA court in Mumbai has rejected the discharge and bail pleas of 71-year-old Sathyanarayana Rani, who is accused in the May 1, 2019, Gadchiroli attack.


Vidya
Mumbai
August 25, 2021UPDATED: August 25, 2021 14:05 IST

Mumbai court rejects bail plea of Maoist leader Narmada Akkas husband
The special NIA court in Mumbai has rejected the discharge and bail pleas of 71-year-old Sathyanarayana Rani who is accused in the May 1, 2019, Gadchiroli attack, in which 15 policemen and one civilian were killed.

According to NIA, Rani is a senior Maoist leader and he and his wife Narmada Akka were part of a larger conspiracy that resulted in the death of 15 police personnel and a civilian. They were part of the team which planned to take revenge by carrying out a blast.

According to the information given by police, on April 23, 2018, 40 Naxalites were killed by security persons in an ambush, due to which the supporters of CPI(M) were unhappy and wanted to take revenge. Therefore, the accused people and others hatched a criminal conspiracy to kill the police personnel and accordingly, a blast was caused, resulting in the death of 15 police personnel and a private driver in 2019.

After Rani was arrested on June 11, 2019, his house where he and Naxalite Narmada Akka used to reside was searched and various electronic items and the cash amount of Rs 10.32 lakh were seized. Police claimed that in July 2018 the accused had participated in meetings to hatch a conspiracy to avenge the death of 40 Naxalites.


However, advocate Chandani Chawla appearing for Rani argued that the prosecution's case is misconceived and the allegations are unfounded. "There is no evidence to link him to the crime. The applicant has not been named by any witness and that incriminating material has not been seized at his instance. He has further claimed that no role has been attributed to him in either planning or the execution of the land mine blast," argued Chawla.

She further pressed that the seizure of Rs 10.32 lakh from the residence does not incriminate Rani. Chawla said that Rani's wife Narmada Akka was handling the amount and using it for her treatment of cancer in Hyderabad. However, judge D E Kothalikar noted, "It is not disputed that the applicant (Rani) had no source of income and that he had never submitted income tax returns and as such, in absence of the explanation given by the applicant for possessing such a huge amount, it can be said to be prima facie material against the applicant that he was involved in collecting funds for the banned organisation."


The court further said, "I am satisfied that there is prima facie material available against the applicant, which if remained unrebutted certainly would warrant conviction."


The couple was arrested in the case in June 2019. Narmada Akka, accused of heading the conspiracy, was recently allowed by the court to seek medical treatment. She is reportedly suffering from stage four cancer. According to reports, Narmada Akka and her husband had gone to Hyderabad for her chemotherapy and were arrested on their return

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/mumbai-court-rejects-bail-plea-of-maoist-leader-narmada-akka-s-husband-1845109-2021-08-25

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