Police refers Azad`s letter to term Ghandy as Maoist

Delhi police relied on a press release issued by a spokesperson of CPI (Maoist) to substantiate its charge against Kobad Ghandy of being a member of the ultra-Left outfit.

Updated: Jan 18, 2011, 21:17 PM IST

New Delhi: The Delhi police on Tuesday relied on a press release issued by a spokesperson of CPI (Maoist) and kidnap and killing of a Jharkhand policeman after the arrest of top Maoist leader Kobad Ghandy in 2009 to substantiate its charge against him of being member of the ultra-Left outfit.

"Cherukeri Rajkumar alias Azad issued a press release on September 24, a few days after arrest of Ghandy, terming him as Central Committee member of CPI (Maoist) and praising his work for the masses despite belonging to an elite group," public prosecutor Rajeev Mohan told Additional Sessions Judge R K Gauba.

He also quoted the contents of the letter including a portion extolling him for "mingling" with the masses.

Azad, the spokesperson of the outfit, along with journalist Hem Chandra Pandey, was killed in a controversial encounter in Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh in July last year.
The prosecutor also referred to the beheading of Jharkhand police Inspector Francis Induwar, who was abducted allegedly by Maoists to demand release of Ghandy along with two others in October, 2009, to buttress his contention.

He was putting forth the arguments before the court on framing of charges against Ghandy arrested on September 20, 2009 from the national capital.
The prosecutor, who initially pointed to an interview of Ghandy by BBC published on September 23, 2009, had a tough time convincing the court which said that it was not sufficient to say that he belonged to the banned organisation.

"You are going astray. What is the proof? Does it say anywhere that he was holding a post or was a member of CPI (Maoist)," the court said.

PTI