Hany Babu MT (Photo: twitter.com/hanybabu)
MUMBAI: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday arrested Delhi University associate professor Hany Babu MT, 54, in the Elgar Parishad case. This is the 12th arrest in the case. In April, activists Gautam Navlakha and Anand Teltumbde were arrested.
Babu was working in the university’s Department of English. He was summoned by the investigating agency and has been in the city since last week. He was questioned repeatedly before his arrest today.
The NIA has accused Babu of “propagating Naxal activities and Maoist ideology”. He is also accused of being a co-conspirator with other arrested accused.
He will be produced before the special NIA court on Wednesday.
The police in Pune had said the Elgar Parishad there on December 31, 2017, was funded by the banned CPI (Maoist) as part of a larger conspiracy to create social unrest and overthrow the government. They said inflammatory speeches at the event contributed to the January 1, 2018, caste clashes at Koregaon Bhima.
The case was transferred to the NIA in January this year. The nine accused until February, were transferred to jails in the city. Among them are Surendra Gadling, Rona Wilson, Sudhir Dhawale, P Varavara Rao, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Mahesh Raut, Sudha Bharadwaj and Shoma Sena.
Rao, 79, is currently admitted to Nanavati Hospital where he is being treated for coronavirus and other ailments.