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DU professor is third arrest by NIA in Elgar Parishad case

Written by Sadaf Modak
, Aranya Shankar
, Deeptiman Tiwary
| Mumbai, New Delhi |

Up to date: July 29, 2020 6:28:57 am

Hany Babu accused of hyperlinks with these named earlier

IN the 12th arrest within the Elgar Parishad case of December 2017, the Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) on Tuesday took into custody Delhi College affiliate professor Hany Babu MT.

Babu, who’s with the college’s Division of English, was put below arrest after three days of questioning in Mumbai. In a press release, the NIA mentioned “accused Hany Babu Musaliyarveettil Tharayil was propagating Naxal actions and Maoist ideology and was a co-conspirator with different arrested accused (within the Elgar Parishad case)”.

The 54-year-old affiliate professor had been delivered summons on July 14 for look earlier than the investigating officer in Mumbai, the following day. He arrived on July 24 for questioning.

Babu’s spouse Jenny Rowena, who teaches at Delhi College’s Miranda Home, referred to as his arrest a “a joke and farce”.

“Some officer referred to as me round 5 pm and mentioned Hany Babu was being arrested. I requested if I might speak to him, however they refused. This arrest is ridiculous,” she mentioned.

NIA officers declare to have proof of Babu’s hyperlinks with different accused within the case equivalent to Rona Wilson. In September 2019, Babu’s house in NCR had been searched by the Pune police, which first registered a case within the matter. It had booked Babu below expenses of sedition and brought away two laptops, a cell phone and pen drives together with two books.

The Pune police claimed to have recovered a letter from Wilson, arrested from Delhi in June 2018, through which a suspected undercover Maoist chief makes point out of a “Comrade H.B” in reference to the “solidarity motion in assist of Comrade Sai (G N Saibaba)”. The police mentioned they suspected that H.B was Hany Babu.

Saibaba is a Delhi College professor convicted for alleged Maoist hyperlinks, and Babu has been related to a committee for his ‘Defence and Launch’.

That is the third arrest because the NIA took over the Elgar Parishad case earlier this yr, after activists Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha. Babu had been vocal towards their arrests.

Officers mentioned Babu could be questioned concerning the digital gadgets seized from him. On the time of the seizures, Babu had mentioned he had been compelled to share his passwords, and the officers had taken over his accounts and blocked entry to them.

Rowena mentioned when Babu obtained the summons round two weeks in the past, he had informed the NIA he couldn’t comply because of the pandemic. “They mentioned he would get every week’s extension however he must come. On Friday he went to Mumbai with only one additional pair of garments and his cell charger, as a result of everybody mentioned he would simply be questioned as a witness since he was within the Committee for the Defence and Launch of G N Saibaba,” she mentioned.

Rowena mentioned Babu informed her they questioned him concerning the committee and a folder on his laptop computer with “extremely incriminating materials”. “They mentioned it was a ‘My Paperwork’ folder with just one subfolder, which had letters written by different individuals mentioning him, and one written by him to another person. However his (Babu’s) ‘My Paperwork’ folder doesn’t seem like that. It had subfolders referred to as ‘Life’, ‘Love’, ‘Linguistics’ and many others,” mentioned Rowena.

“They saved asking him to clarify these letters. He requested them why he would hold a folder with such incriminating materials on his laptop computer after so many others had been arrested. They then requested him if Rona’s (Wilson) assistant had put it in his laptop computer, or any of his college students. They saved pressuring him and mentioned if he can clarify the way it was on his laptop computer, they might let him go. However he simply mentioned it was not his folder,” she added.

Earlier this month, the NIA was granted 90 extra days to file a chargesheet towards Teltumbde and Navlakha within the Elgar Parishad case, with a particular courtroom accepting its plea that it had didn’t make any “substantive progress within the investigation” on account of the lockdown. The company has been opposing their bail functions.

The NIA is probing the cost that “provocative speeches” made at an Elgar Parishad occasion on December 31, 2017, had led to the caste violence in Bhima Koregaon in Pune the following day, which had later unfold to different components of Maharashtra. The NIA claims that members of the Elgar Parishad had been in contact with senior Maoist leaders.

with inputs from Chandan Hayagunde, Pune

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