Delhi court acquits ‘Maoist leader’ Kobad Ghandy of terror charges
NEW DELHI: Suspected Maoist ideologue Kobad Ghandy was acquitted of terror charges by a Delhi court on Friday, seven years after the 68-year-old Mumbai native was jailed for alleged links with a banned outfit.
He was, however, convicted of possessing fake voter identity and PAN cards — the maximum punishment for which is seven years that Ghandy has already served. Ghandy will, however, remain in Tihar jail as he is an accused in about a dozen other terror-related cases.
Ghandy was arrested from New Delhi’s Bhikaji Cama Place on September 20, 2009 by Hyderabad Police on charges of having links with the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist). He was suspected of residing in the capital under various aliases and “may be conducting recce of targets in Delhi”.
“Kobad Ghandy was residing in Delhi (under) assumed names with fake identities. However, the gap between using fake identities and membership of said banned organisations cannot be filled on the basis of suspicion,” additional sessions judge Reetesh Singh said.
“It’s difficult to see a person like you still smiling after spending seven years in jail,” Singh said to a visibly frail Ghandy.