Newly Exonerated Political Prisoner Dr G N Saibaba Demands To Be Reinstated At Dehli University

Mumbai, March 9, 2024: Newly exonerated political prisoner Dr G N Saibaba, (a former professor of English at Delhi University’s Ram lal Anand College), demanded that he be reinstated by the University and compensated for the lost years of service following his acquittal by the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court in a Maoist links case.

The Committee for the Defense and Release of Dr G N Saibaba, comprising academicians, lawyers and left-wing politicians, demanded his reinstatement and compensation for all the six people who were released from the Nagpur Central Jail after the court declared in its judgement that the prosecution failed to establish charges against them.

Addressing a press conference, the 58-year-old said he can’t live without teaching and wants to resume his job as a professor. Dr Saibaba was terminated from his service from DU’s Ram lal Anand College in 2021 after being implicated in the case. He said he still feels as if he is in a jail cell after spending seven years in prison.

He was released from the Nagpur Central Jail on Thursday, two days after his acquittal. Talking about his family, he said they survived only on hope but regretted not being able to meet his mother on her deathbed and claimed he was denied bail to perform her last rites.

”Instead of going to the hospital, I chose to speak to the press because you supported me. My family faced stigma and I was called a terrorist,” he said with tears in his eyes. Recalling his jail ordeal, Dr Saibaba claimed he was forced to live in cramped conditions and was denied medicines and treatment prescribed by doctors for his ailing health.

”I was imprisoned in a jail which has a capacity of 1,500 inmates but 3,000 people were lodged there in cramped conditions. There was no space to even sleep. Without a wheelchair I use to struggle to use toilet, take a bath or even fetch myself a glass of water. There was not even a single ramp in the prison for people like me,” he said in a chocked voice. ”Today I am alive in front of you. But every organ of my body is failing. I faced many medical emergencies in the jail but they only gave me painkillers and did a few tests,” he added.

Saibaba said that his family faced stigma because he was framed in a case under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Saibaba was lodged in the Nagpur Central Jail since 2017 after his conviction by a trial court in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district. Before that, he was in prison from 2014 to 2016 and was subsequently granted bail.

”I am still not able to register that I am free. I feel I am still lodged in the notorious jail cell. It was like an ’agni pariksha’ for me. I had to go through a test by fire twice,” he said. Thanking his lawyers, friends, and activists, he said one his lawyers fought his case without any fees.

”Another lawyer got jailed because of supporting me. During the trial, certain police officers threatened my lawyers,” he alleged.

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