Bhima Koregaon violence: SC to hear Maharashtra government’s plea against Bombay HC order on October 29

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear the Maharashtra government’s plea challenging the Bombay High Court’s order which set aside the extension granted to it to complete the inquiry into the Bhima Koregaon case.

The Pune police arrested Gadling, Nagpur University professor Shoma Sen, Dalit activist Sudhir Dhawale, activist Mahesh Raut and Kerala native Rona Wilson in June for their alleged links with Maoists under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi considered the submissions of lawyer Nishant Katneshwar, appearing for the Maharashtra government that the appeal needed to be heard on an urgent basis otherwise the accused would become eligible for a statutory bail due to non-filing of chargesheet within the stipulated time.

On June 6, police had arrested activist Rona Wilson, Nagpur-based lawyer Surendra Gadling, Nagpur University professor Shoma Sen, former Prime Minister Rural Development fellow Mahesh Raut and Sudhir Dhawale in connection with the case.

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