Kobad Ghandy cleared of UAPA charges, convicted of forgery

The court, however, convicted Kobad Ghandy of charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery under IPC sections.

Written by Kaunain Sheriff M | New Delhi | Published:June 11, 2016 3:54 am

MORE THAN six years after he was picked up by the Delhi Police’s Special Cell on terror charges, a Delhi court Friday acquitted alleged Maoist ideologue Kobad Ghandy under stringent sections of
the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

The court, however, convicted him of charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery under IPC sections.

Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Reetesh Singh said, “None of the evidence relied upon by prosecution have been found to be admissible in evidence by this court. The testimonies of prosecution witnesses suffer from infirmities.”

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Convicting him on charges of criminal conspiracy, including under other sections of IPC, the court said, “Ghandy is in custody since December 20, 2009, which is almost six years and six months. I, therefore, impose upon him a term of imprisonment already undergone by him.” The court imposed a fine of Rs 40,000 as well.

Convicting Ghandy on charges of forgery, ASJ Singh said, “It is true that prosecution has been able to prove that Kobad Ghandy was residing… under an assumed name and had in his possession forged documents.”

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