A Delhi court on Wednesday put on trial top Maoist leader Kobad Ghandy for alleged cheating, forgery and impersonation while discharging him of charges under the anti-terror law.
Paving the way for the trial, Additional Sessions Judge Pawan Kumar Jain framed charges against Ghandy under various provisions of the IPC relating to cheating, forgery and impersonation in the case in which he is accused of trying to set up a base for banned outfit CPI (Maoist).
The court, however, discharged Ghandy of the charges under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act due to improper sanction from the authorities.
"In my opinion, case is made out against Ghandy under the provisions of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act but I am discharging (of the charges under UAP Act) him for want of proper sanction," the judge said.
The Maoist leader earlier had opposed filing of a supplementary charge sheet against him saying the police has filed the charge sheet despite there being no fresh material against him.
The Special Cell of Delhi Police, in its main charge sheet, had slapped charges under the UAP Act, besides booking him for various offences under the IPC relating to cheating, forgery and impersonation.
An alumni of the prestigious Doon School, Ghandy was said to be part of the top leadership of erstwhile CPI-ML (People's War Group) from 1981 and continued as a Central Committee member in CPI (Maoist). He was elected to its Politburo in 2007.