NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has extended the house arrest of five activists held in Bhima Koregaon over suspicion of links with Maoists till September 12. The top court also asked the Maharashtra government to direct its police to be more responsible when the matter is heard by it.
You must ask your police officials to be more responsible. The matter is before us and we don’t want to hear from police officials that the Supreme Court is wrong,” the bench told Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was appearing for Maharashtra government.
The top court pulled up the Maharashtra government for the press meet held by its police last week, annoyed over the statements given by the Assistant Commissioner of Police of Pune on the matter, a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said the police were casting aspersions on the court.
The Bombay High Court had also criticised the Maharashtra police for releasing the evidence related to the matter in public and that too when the matter was sub-judice.