Activist Arrest case: Bombay High Court pulled up the Maharashtra Police, for holding press conference

MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court on Monday questioned the press conference by Maharashtra Police elaborating on the evidence it had against activists arrested in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case.

The Maharashtra Police on Friday held a press conference and elaborated on the evidence it had against the activists it had arrested. While hearing a petition, the court said how can the police hold a press conference when the case is subjudice.

In the press conference, ADG Singh had exhibited certain emails, letters and other communication that allegedly changed hands among the activists, whose arrests from different parts of India have triggered condemnation from several quarters.

The court was hearing a petition demanding inquiry by the National Investigation Agency into an event in Pune that reportedly triggered violence in Bhima Koregan near Pune on January 1. The court said copies of the petition had not been served to all concerned persons, and adjourned the matter for September 7.

Last week, the Pune police raided the houses of prominent Left-wing activists across several states as part of a probe into anti-Dalit violence at Koregaon-Bhima village near Pune after the Elgar Parishad conclave on December 31 last year.

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