New Delhi: A Delhi court has issued bailable warrants against three Uttar Pradesh Police officials for their failure to appear before it to depose as witness in a case involving jailed Naxal leader Kobad Ghandy, who is facing charges of indulging in unlawful activities.
Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh issued bailable warrants for a sum of Rs 5,000 against Rajesh Srivastava, Sameer Saurabh and Rajiv Diwedi, who were summoned as prosecution witnesses but did not appear before the court.
"Three other witnesses namely SI Rajiv Diwedi, Deputy SP Sameer Saurabh and Deputy SP Rajesh Srivastava were summoned for today, who are served, but have not appeared.
"This matter is fixed for evidence of prosecution on November 5, 2014. Issue bailable warrants qua these three witnesses in the sum of Rs 5,000, to be executed through DGP, UP," the court said.
The court is currently recording statements of prosecution witnesses in the case in which Ghandy and Rajinder Kumar Fulara are facing trial. Both are lodged in jail under judicial custody.
The court had on July 16, 2012 framed charges against Ghandy for allegedly being a member of a banned terror group and furthering its activities in violation of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
He was charged under sections 20 and 38 of UAPA relating to membership of the banned group CPI-Maoist and furthering its activities.
Ghandy was earlier absolved by the court of terror charges due to want of proper sanction and later on, a fresh charge sheet was filed by Special Cell of Delhi Police with a fresh sanction for his prosecution under the provisions of UAPA.
Thereafter, he was charged for the offences under UAPA.
He is also facing trial for allegedly committing cheating, forgery and impersonation.
An alumnus of the prestigious Doon School, Ghandy was said to be part of the top leadership of erstwhile CPI-ML (People's War Group) from 1981 and he allegedly continued as a Central Committee member in CPI (Maoist) and was elected to its Politburo in 2007.
He was arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police for allegedly trying to set up a base for CPI (Maoist) in the national capital.