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Agnivesh to plead for judicial probe in Azad’s death

Social activist Swami Agnivesh will be his own pleader in the Supreme Court while seeking a judicial probe into the death of Maoist Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad last year.

kolkata Updated: Jan 02, 2011 23:33 IST
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Social activist Swami Agnivesh will be his own pleader in the Supreme Court while seeking a judicial probe into the death of Maoist Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad last year.

“The case is likely to be heard in January and I myself will plead the case in the court. A judicial probe now seems to be the last resort to find out the truth,” Swami Agnivesh (68) told HT on Sunday.

Azad, the spokesperson of the CPI (Maoist) central committee, died on July 2 last year. While the government maintained he was killed in an encounter with the security forces, the Maoists claimed it was a fake encounter.

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram had requested Agnivesh to take the initiative and get in touch with the Maoists to start peace talks. Agnivesh, a former member of the Haryana assembly, was communicating with Azad for finalising the terms and conditions of the ceasefire and discussions.

“Azad’s death has stalled the peace initiative,” said Agnivesh but argued that the possibility of talks is still there.

“I’ve received inputs from the Maoists, even after the death of Azad, that they are agreeable to talks if a judicial inquiry is ordered into the death of Azad,” he told HT on the sidelines of a media conference on Sunday.

However, he did not sound very optimistic in last July. “Azad’s death is a shock for the nation. He was working towards initiating a ceasefire. But his death has now almost jeopardised the possibilities of talks.”