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Andhra seeks Maoist Ghandy's custody

November 17, 2009 16:42 IST
The Andhra Pradesh police on Tuesday moved a Delhi court seeking the custody of Maoist leader Kobad Ghandy, who is lodged in a jail in the national capital.

Chief metropolitan magistrate Kaveri Baweja has sought a report from the Tihar jail superintendent on the application moved by the Andhra Pradesh police seeking Ghandy's custodial interrogation.

The AP police moved the application with a production warrant issued by the additional judicial magistrate of Karimnagar district, stating that Ghandy, an ideologue of the banned Communist Party of India-Maoist, was wanted in a case registered with the Karimnagar (rural) police station in 2008.

The court has put up the application for hearing on Wednesday.

Ghandy, 63, has been booked under the Unlawful Activities (prevention) Act. He was apprehended in New Delhi on September 20, and has been remanded to judicial custody till November 27.

Ghandy's release, along with two others, was reportedly demanded by the Maoists for the safe return of abducted Jharkhand police inspector Francis Induwar, who was later beheaded near Ranchi earlier last month.

A Doon School alumnus, Ghandy was in the top echelons of the erstwhile CPI-Maoist-Leninist (People's War Group) from 1981 and continued as a Central Committee member in the CPI-Maois. He was elected to the CPI-Maoist politburo in 2007.

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