Ghandy’s counsel alleges contempt of court by AP
Posted by Admin on November 28, 2009
Trust of India, First Published : 28 Nov 2009 02:25:16 AM IST:
KARIMNAGAR: Top Maoist leader Kobad Ghandy’s counsel today filed an application seeking action against Andhra Pradesh police in a contempt case as it failed to implement the court orders.Ghandy’s lawyer filed a petition in Additional Judicial First Class Magistrate court here saying he was not allowed by the police to be present during questioning as directed by the court.
The magistrate asked the police to file a reply by December 4 and directed Karimnagar police to take Ghandy to Tihar Jail in New Delhi.On November 25 the court had granted one-day police custody of Ghandy, arrested by Delhi police in September, for questioning in cases registered against him in the district.While giving the custody the magistrate had directed the police to question Ghandy in the presence of his counsel if he so desired and not to subject him to any ill treatment.
Ghandy, who was produced before the magistrate after the expiry of the custody, told the court that during interrogation the police wrote some lines in Telugu on a paper on which his signature was taken.He further said the police did not allow his counsel to be present during the interrogation.Meanwhile a local court in Delhi today issued a production warrant against Ghandy in connection with a case registered against him in Karimnagar district in 2008.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kaveri Baweja sought presence of Ghandy before the court on December 11.Ghandy, an ideologue and think-tank of the banned outfit, has been booked for various charges under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act after his arrest here on September 20. Delhi police, which had on October 31 secured a green signal from a lower court to conduct narco-analysis test on Ghandy, suffered a setback after the Delhi High Court stayed it on his plea that constitutional validity of the invasive test has been challenged before the Supreme Court.
His release along with that of two other leaders was reportedly demanded by Maoists for the safe return of abducted Jharkhand police inspector Francis Induwar who was later beheaded near Ranchi. An alumni of the prestigious Doon School, Ghandy was in the top echelons of erstwhile CPI-ML People’s War Group from 1981 and continued as central committee member in CPI Maoist. He was elected to its Politburo in 2007. EI