Pune: Alleged Maoist sympathiser Konnath Muralidharan (Comrade Ajith), arrested near Pune in 2015, walked out of the Yerawada central jail here on Tuesday –– two months after the Supreme Court dismissed the Maharashtra government’s plea challenging the bail granted to him by the Bombay High Court in February.
Muralidharan’s release was held up owing to a verification process as the person who furnished a solvent surety on his behalf hailed from Kerala. The Pune court had sent the relevant documents to Kerala for confirming veracity of the same.
His lawyer Rahul Deshmukh told TOI, “Muralidharan was released around 5.30pm on Tuesday from the Yerawada jail after all bail formalities, including verification of his solvent surety, were completed. He executed the bail bond and other relevant papers.”
The Pune unit of the state anti-terrorism squad (ATS) had arrested Muralidharan and one of his aides from their hideout at Talegaon near Pune on May 8, 2015. The ATS then claimed to have seized objectionable material of the banned CPI (Maoist) organization, a forged PAN card, a merger declaration of the CPI (Maoist) and the CPI (Maoist/Leninist) Naxalbari and various electronic devices.
A special UAPA court in Pune had rejected his bail plea in September 2016.