Newsclick spoke to Gautam Navlakha on the recent court judgment which convicted Professor G.N. Saibaba and 5 others for alleged links with Maoists. The 6 were booked under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). The UAPA has proven to be a deeply regressive legislation that has, and will continue to be used to promulgate police abuse of civil rights of Indian citizens. According to Gautam Navlakha, the arrest of Prof. Saibaba just on the basis of his ideology is a ban on ideas and is thought policing.