New Delhi: One of the top Naxal ideologues Kobad Gandhy was on Wednesday released by a local court here due to lack of concrete evidence against him.
Confirming the development, his lawyer Rebecca John told a TV news channel, “The sanction by the government to prosecute him was found to be defective by the court.”
“It is time the government realises that people with a particular view point cannot be put in jail,” she added.
Gandhy was facing trial for allegedly trying to set up a base of his banned outfit in the capital.
The top Maoist functionary was also chargesheeted by the Delhi Police under various stringent charges of UAPA, besides those of cheating, forgery and impersonation under the Indian Penal Code.
The 64-year-old Ghandy was arrested by Special Cell of Delhi Police in September 2009.
The investigators, who claimed to have recovered a fake voter identity and pan cards from Ghandy, also referred to a CD in which he was shown to be addressing armed cadres of the banned organisation.
Ghandy studied at the Doon School and St. Xavier College in Bombay. He later went to London to complete his Chartered Accountancy. From 1975-77, he started a Human Rights Group, Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights in Mumbai. The late seventies and early eighties showed Kobad’s inclination towards Communism.