NIA claims that the defendant is an active member of the banned terrorist organization CPI (Maoist)
Mumbai: In its draft charges submitted to a special court in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case, the NIA claimed that the defendant wanted to establish his own government and “wage war against the country.”
The National Bureau of Investigation (NIA) submitted the draft earlier this month and provided a copy on Monday.
The draft made 17 charges against 15 defendants, including human rights and civil liberties activists, and required them to be charged under the strict Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and various parts of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
NIA claimed that the defendant was an active member of the banned terrorist organization CPI (Maoist).
The defendants arrested in this case include activists Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves, Varavara Rao, Hany Babu, Anand Teltumbde, Shoma Sen, Gautam Navlakha, etc.
According to the draft charges, the defendant’s main goal was to establish “Jantana Sarkar (People’s Government) and seize power from the state” through revolution and armed struggle.
The draft also claimed that the defendant tried to “launch a war against the government of India and Maharashtra.”
With the prosecution describing the charges against the defendant and the evidence that can be relied upon, conviction is the first step before the trial begins.
After conviction, the court will ask the defendant if he has pleaded guilty.
The draft further claimed that the defendant had been playing provocative songs during the Elga Parihad Conference, staged skits and skits in Pune, and distributed Naxal literature.
It said: “The intention of the criminal conspiracy is to divide a part of India’s territory and to incite individuals to cause this division.”
It also claimed that the defendant intended to create terror in people’s minds by using explosive substances.
“The defendant recruited students for terrorist activities from multiple universities including Jawaharlal Nehru University and Tata Institute of Social Sciences,” it claimed.
The defendant has been charged under Indian Penal Code 120-B (conspiracy), 115 (inciting crime), 121, 121-A (war on the country), 124-A (inciting rebellion), 153-A (weapons in parade) ), 505(1)(B) (statement promoting hoax), and 34 (common intention).
They were also charged under UAPA Articles 13, 16, 17, 18, 18A, 18B, 20 (Punishment for terrorist activities), 38, 39, and 40 (Punishment for becoming part of a terrorist organization).
The Elgar Parishad case is related to inflammatory remarks made at a secret meeting in Pune on December 31, 2017. The police said that violence was triggered the next day near the Koregaon-Bhima War Memorial in the western suburbs of Maharashtra. event.
The prosecution claimed that the secret meeting was organized by people allegedly connected to the Maoists.