NEW DELHI: G NSaibaba
, theDelhi University
professor whose appeal against his conviction for links with the outlawed CPI(Maoist) will come up before theMumbai High Court
on Wednesday, had shared platform with Maoist and ultra-Left organisations at international conferences between 2008 and 2012, according to information collected by intelligence agencies.
According to sources, Saibaba attended the Third Conference of International League of People’s Struggle (ILPS), an organisation claiming to fight imperialist forces across the world, in Hong Kong in June 2008. He was also present at meetings of ILPS’ international core committee in November 2009 in Europe. Saibaba was sentenced to life by a Gadchiroli court in March this year. He has appealed against his conviction, citing “insufficient” evidence and his “severe” physical disability that makes him wheelchair-bound. According to intelligence reports, Saibaba participated in the 40th foundation day of the Communist Party of Turkey (Marxist-Leninist) in Germany in April 2012. An internet search describes the outfit as a Maoist insurgent organisation fighting a ‘People’s War’. It was banned as an active insurgent outfit in 2007. In May 2012, Saibaba reportedly attended a meeting of Maoist Parties of Latin America in Brazil. A month later, he was in the US to participate in meetings to protest operations against CPI (Maoist) by security forces, organised at the behest of pro-civil rights Black Panthers movement of the US.
In November 2012, Saibaba attended the 30th foundation day celebrations of Communist Party of Greece-Marxist Leninist in Greece. “The presence of Saibaba at events and international conferences of the aforesaid Maoist organisations clearly points to his association with CPI (Maoist),” claimed a home ministry officer.
When contacted by TOI, Saibaba’s wife A S Vasantha Kumari, rubbished the allegations. “All his foreign trips were duly cleared by the principal of Ram Lal Anand College, where he worked as a professor. He undertook these trips to present papers at foreign varsities. If he chose to attend an event or conference held while he was there, and take up the cause of repression of tribals in India, there is nothing wrong in it,” she insisted.
“The agencies are bringing up these false stories as my husband’s appeal against his conviction is coming up in Bombay High Court on Wednesday. They know the evidence against him is weak. He is being targeted as he has spoken up against the repression of tribals, including women and children, and the loot of forest/tribal resources by multinationals,” she claimed.