started this petition to
Prime Minister of India
Professor Dr Anand is a IIM-A alumnus, IIT Professor, Executive Director of BPCL, Ex-MD & CEO of Petronet India, Senior Professor and Chair, Big Data Analytics in GIM, author of 26 books, columnist in EPW, writer of innumerable articles, a noted scholar of caste-class and public policy issues, Leading Public Intellectual and Democratic and Educational Rights Activist. Now he is facing imminent threat of arrest as an ‘Urban Maoist’
The appeal for quashing the false FIR against Dr Anand, filed by the Pune Police was rejected on 14 January by the Supreme Court and gave four weeks to seek pre-arrest bail from the competent court. Until now Anand felt confident that whatever charges the Police levied could be proved as criminal fabrication once they landed before the court.
under the UAPA can mean years of incarceration. Even a hardened criminal can
get away with his crime with a metered punishment of a year or two but an
innocent person merely for the police, invariably acting at the behest of
political bosses, claim that they have evidence against him could keep him/her
for years in jail. The arrest is not simply the hardship of prison life,
it is keeping him away from his laptop which has been integral with his body, from his library which has been part of his life, half-written manuscripts of books committed
to various publishers, his research papers which are in various stages of
completion, his students who staked their future on his professional reputation, his institute that invested so much resources in his name and recently took him on
its Board of Governors, and his numerous friends and of course his family— his wife, who, as the granddaughter of Babasaheb Ambedkar hardly bargained for this
fate and daughters who are already disturbed not knowing whatever that has been happening to him since August last year.