SC to hear Maharashtra government’s appeal against GN Saibaba’s acquittal

Mumbai News Today Live, Shiv Sena News: The Supreme Court is due to hold a special sitting on Saturday to hear Maharashtra’s plea against the Bombay High Court’s order acquitting former Delhi University professor GN Saibaba in a case relating to his alleged links with the Maoists. A bench consisting of Judge MR Shah and Judge Bela M Trivedi is due to hear the case at 11am. Following Saibaba’s acquittal by the High Court, the Maharashtra government quickly moved the Supreme Court to seek a stay of the order which was denied. The high court, however, allowed Maharashtra to file an application with the registry requesting an urgent listing of the case.

The Supreme Court Friday refused to stay acquittal of former Delhi University professor GN Saibaba, who has been charged with Maoist links under sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The National Investigation Agency (NIA) asked the Supreme Court to stay a few hours after the Bombay High Court’s order. The Supreme Court, however, allowed the NIA to file an application with the registry requesting urgent registration.

Separately, heavy rains hit Mumbai on Friday, causing traffic jams in most parts of the city, especially in the western suburbs. Motorists are blocked on the road from Saki Vihar towards Sakinaka for more than half an hour around 8 p.m. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) in its 4pm update yesterday said a thunderstorm accompanied by lightning and light to moderate rain with gusty winds reaching 30 to 40 kilometers per hour were likely to occur in isolated locations in Mumbai, Palghar, Thane, Satara, Sangli, Solapur, Beed, Parbhani, Hingoli, Nanded, Latur, Nasik, Aurangabad over the next three to four hours.

Wiley C. Thompson