BILASPUR, 14 JUNE: Chhattisgarh High Court has upheld a lower court judgment awarding 10 years imprisonment to Malti alias KS Priya and Surendra Kosaria, who were convicted for their alleged involvement in Maoist activities. The court had reserved its judgement on the bail application of the duo last month. Yesterday, the single Bench of Mr Justice RS Sharma rejected the bail plea of Malti and Surendra, who were arrested in 2008 for their alleged involvement in Maoist activities, and upheld the lower court’s judgement awarding 10 years imprisonment to them, their counsel Satish Verma said. In 2006, Maoist literature and CDs were distributed at the MLA rest house in Raipur through courier. Around two years later, police had busted an urban Maoist network and had arrested Malti along with three others, Surendra Kosaria, Siddharth Sharma and Pratik Jha on 22 February 2008. A district court had convicted Malti and Surendra and sent them to 10-year jail in July 2010 while two others were acquitted. Challenging the decision, the duo later filed an appeal along with an application for the suspension of the sentence and grant of bail. pti