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Indian Political Prisoner Kobad Ghandy ends hunger strike

June 6, 2015

Kobad Ghandy, arrested in 2009

Kobad Ghandy, the 68-year-old undertrial lodged in Tihar Jail here, called off his hunger strike on Friday soon after a court ordered the jail authorities to provide him easier access to basic facilities and adequate health care.

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India: Maoist political prisoner challenges trumped up charges, forces court to question government case

Supreme Court seeks evidence against Ghandy

New Delhi, Jan 4, (IANS)

Kobad Ghandy

The Supreme Court Wednesday asked the Andhra Pradesh government to prove that jailed Maoist leader Kobad Ghandy was involved in the killing of the deputy speaker of the assembly in 2005.

Narsi Reddy and 10 others were killed Aug 15, 2005 in Mahabubnagar district of the state.
Referring to the Andhra Pradesh High Court order granting bail to Ghandy, Supreme Court judges B.S. Chauhan and T.S. Thakur told counsel Mahavir Singh that the high court had said that there was no evidence against the Communist Party of India-Maoist leader.

The state government moved the apex court seeking cancellation of the bail.
When Mahavir Singh, appearing for the state government, told the court that Ghandy had confessed his role after his arrest in Delhi in 2009, the court said the statement cannot be considered evidence.

The government has been given two weeks to furnish evidence against him. Ghandy is now lodged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail from where he still writes for various magazines — and is known in the prison as “Gandhi Baba”.