Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) calls to Assemble against Continued Police Harassment of Dr. G.N. Saibaba

January 8, 2014

Press Release
January 10, 2014

The Maharashtra Police interrogated me at my residence, on 9 January 2014, for over four hours, from 1.00 pm onward. They sought
information and clarifications regarding my political activity, as well as my academic interests. I extended my cooperation to the
fullest, and answered their doubts and questions to the best of my abilities, and without any restraint. I hope that I have satisfactorily addressed all their concerns, and that the matter will be laid to rest now.

Dr. G N Saibaba



Call to Assemble against the Continued Police Harassment of Dr. GN Saibaba

(on the 9th of January at 12 noon at his residence-Warden Flat Gwyer Hall DU)

The Maharashtra police have repeatedly rescheduled the interrogation of Dr. GN Saibaba over the last few days.  Finally, it will now happen
on the 9th of January at 1 pm at his residence. This sudden change of plan was informed to Dr. Saibaba at 6:30 pm on the day before the
interrogation. He was then repeatedly pressed to agree to be interrogated over the weekend. Dr. Saibaba explained that due to his
commitments as a teacher in his college, his role as the Teacher In-charge and his commitments in the interview panel of his college,
he is already pressed for time. Furthermore, he will be engaged in a month long orientation programme from the 13th of January before which he needs time to attend to all his academic and administrative obligations.

The Officer gave many reasons for his preference that the interrogation be scheduled over the weekend. This included the possible length of the interrogation as well as the possibility of Dr. Saibaba himself taking time to answer the interrogators. On being reassured that he will answer with his fullest capacity and without delay and wholeheartedly cooperate with the team coming for interrogation, the 9th of January 1 pm was chosen as a ‘mutually agreed upon’ date and time.

In light of the events, it is clear that this last minute rescheduling and insistence on interrogation over the weekend is meant to put pressure on Dr. Saibaba and intensify the harassment faced by his family. The unfolding of the case since September, the arbitrary arrest of cultural activist Hem and the framing of Dr. Saibaba in the case, the unwarranted raid of Dr. Saibaba’s residence on the basis of a disingenuous warrant, the unlawful summons to appear outside Delhi, the relentless smear campaign and witch hunting in the media, and the repeated charges to make Dr. Saibaba a ‘co-accused’ in a fabricated case through this enquiry reveals the true nature of the police and clearly exposes its intentions.

At such a time, it becomes crucial to come together, support and stand in solidarity with a democratic voice that has consistently spoken for
the oppressed and marginalized communities in this country and stood firmly against the state sponsored war on people in the name of
Operation Green Hunt.  Thus, we appeal everyone to stand in solidarity with Dr. Saibaba and his family, oppose police harassment of a democratic voice, and keep vigil during the interrogation on the 9th of January at 1 pm.

– Delhi University Community Against Police Repression


Press Release: 4 January 2014

The DUTA expresses its concern and apprehension on being informed about the interrogation of Dr. GN Saibaba, a teacher in the English Department of Ram Lal Anand College of the University of Delhi, scheduled by Maharashtra Police on the 7th of January 2014 (Tuesday) at 11 am at his residence within the university premises. We have been informed that he is going to be questioned as part of an enquiry carried on by the Maharashtra Police since September 2013. This interrogation follows a raid conducted by a team comprising the Maharashtra and Delhi police on the 12th of September 2013. The raid was conducted on the basis of a misleading search warrant that stated the ‘recovery of stolen property’. The objects confiscated in the raid were clearly the personal property of Dr. Saibaba and taken in unsealed condition leaving it open to the possibility of tampering with the materials. Since the raid, which was conducted in contravention with the due process of enquiry, Dr. Saibaba has faced continuous harassment in the form of imminent threat of arrest as well as a full-fledged smear campaign in the media conducted by the police forces. This smear campaign has repeatedly attempted to portray Dr. Saibaba as someone who has committed offences against the state by speaking for the oppressed and marginalised across the country.

After the raid, the Maharashtra police called Dr. Saibaba to come ‘anywhere outside Delhi’ or to Nagpur for interrogation as part of the enquiry. This was followed by an intervention by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) sending a notice to the Maharashtra and Delhi police asking them to respond for asking a physically challenged person to present himself in this manner despite the law clearly stating that such a person need not present himself anywhere outside his residence.

Furthermore, these charges are part of an ongoing investigation and Dr. Saibaba is in no way involved with the case. This fact is of serious concern for the DUTA. Not only is this in violation of the human rights of the professor concerned but is also indicative of the deep erosion of civil liberties enshrined in our Constitution. The DUTA expresses anguish at the continuous harassment of Dr. Saibaba and extends its fullest support to him and his family in this time as well as in his struggle for speaking for the most oppressed and marginalized people. Since he has expressed full cooperation with the investigation and agreed to clear all doubts and misgivings that the investigating officers may have, the DUTA demands that the Maharashtra police will extend all courtesies to a law abiding professor of this university and not persist in harassing him.

The DUTA appeals to all the teachers to be present in large numbers at Dr. Saibaba’s residence, Warden’s Flat, Gwyer Hall, University Road, Delhi University to express our support and solidarity and keep a vigil on any possible intimidation, harassment and arbitrary action by the Maharashtra and Delhi police with regards to Dr. Saibaba, his wife and teenage daughter. We will gather at the Warden’s Flat, Gwyer Hall at 10.30 am on Tuesday, 7th January 2014.


(Nandita Narain)                                                               (Harish Khanna)

President, DUTA                                                               Secretary, DUTA

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