Principal and Sessions Judge of Aheri in Gadchiroli, D R Shirasav, rejected the bail plea application of Delhi University professor G N Saibaba and alleged Naxal courier Prashant Rahi, saying there was prima facie evidence showing their involvement in Naxal activities. Professor Saibaba, who is wheelchair-bound, was arrested from Delhi last month, while Rahi was arrested from Gondia last year. Police had claimed to have recovered a lot of material — in paper and on hard disks and pen drives — to nail the two.
Bail plea of the first one to be arrested in the series, Hem Mishra, hasn’t come up yet. All three have been chargesheeted. While seeking bail, Saibaba’s lawyer pleaded his client’s innocence and also cited his physical disability, but the judge rejected the argument.