Nagpur: The Gadchiroli sessions court on Wednesday rejected bail plea of alleged Naxal sympathizer, Gokalkonda Naga Saibaba, working as professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Additional sessions judge PM Dunedar stated that the Saibaba was not entitled for bail on the grounds of illness and parity, as the court had already decided his contention of medical treatment. “The ground of parity was available to the accused when the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court had decided his bail application,” the judge said. A resident of the Amlapuram in Andhra Pradesh, Saibaba was accused of serving as the intellectual adviser to the organizations controlled by Maoists and also preaching their ideologies in and out of the classroom.
Through his disciples Hemant Mishra and Prashant Rahi, he was allegedly in contact with Maoist Narmada Akka who was gunned down in an encounter with the police in December 2012. Arrested by Gadchiroli police from Delhi on May 9 last year, Saibaba has been lodged at Nagpur Central Jail since then. Saibaba had, through his counsel Surendra Gadling, applied for the bail on the grounds of poor health and parity. Former district government pleader Prashant Sathianathan pleaded the case on prosecution`s behalf as special public prosecutor (SPP). Prior to this, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court had also rejected his bail application on August 25 last year. Saibaba contended that he was suffering from multiple problems like kidney and gall bladder stone and needed proper medical treatment immediately. The jail authorities failed to provide it following which he even went for the hunger strike.