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DU professor Saibaba quizzed over ‘Naxal links’

Saibaba had reportedly refused to make himself available for the interrogation, saying he was busy till February.

Nagpur | Published: January 10, 2014 3:36:06 am

Vivek Deshpande

Delhi University professor G L Saibaba was Thursday interrogated by the Gadchiroli Police at his Delhi residence for about six hours to assess his complicity in cases pertaining to the arrests of alleged Naxal couriers from Uttarakhand, Hem Mishra and Prashant Rahi, in August-September last year and his alleged Naxal links.
However, Saibaba was not arrested. A senior official told The Indian Express, “Our interrogation is complete. Saibaba denied all incriminating charges, as expected.”
Asked if he could be arrested, the official said, “Establishing complicity is a priority. We will have to analyse the evidence vis-a-vis his replies on record to decide the future course of action.”
The Gadchiroli Police team, led by sub-divisional police officer Suhas Bawche, was accompanied by officials of the Special Cell of Delhi Police and the IB. The Delhi Police had thrown a thick security blanket around Saibaba’s residence.
Among those present at Saibaba’s residence were writer Arundhati Roy, his lawyer Prashant Bhushan, Bharat Jan Andolan leader B D Sharma and Delhi University Teachers’ Association officer-bearers Nalini Narayan and Caren Gabriel.
The police video-recorded the whole interrogation process, during which about 200 questions were posed to Saibaba.
Saibaba had reportedly refused to make himself available for the interrogation, saying he was busy till February. He had to agree when the police categorically told him that the interrogation will not be done as per his convenience.
Mishra and Rahi had reportedly told the police that they were carrying the material to the central committee members at the instance of Saibaba.
Later in a statement, Saibaba said the “Maharashtra police interrogated me at my residence today for over four hours from 1 pm.
“They sought information and clarifications regarding my political activity as well as academic interests. I extended full cooperation and cleared all doubts and answered all questions to the best of my ability and without restraint.
“I hope the matter will be laid to rest now.”

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