Bhima Koregaon: Supreme Court adjourns hearing on Maharashtra’s plea against Bombay HC order

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday adjourned the hearing of the Maharashtra government’s plea against the Bombay High Court till December 3. Five activists were arrested on June 6 under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, which requires a chargesheet to be filed within 90 days of arrest.

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, and justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph deferred the matter to enable the counsel for the Maharashtra government to file a rejoinder affidavit in the case. On Thursday, the Pune Police filed the chargesheet, accusing activist Rona Wilson of plotting to kill the prime minister.

The trial court decision was set aside by the Bombay High Court leading the state government to approach the apex court. The top court stayed the Bombay High Court order, which had set aside the lower court’s verdict allowing extension of time to police to file the probe report against the rights activists arrested in the case.

On August 28, the police had arrested five more activists – Sudha Bharadwaj, Varavara Rao, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira and Gautam Navlakha – on similar allegations.

Bhima-Koregaon Case: Delhi HC ends house arrest of activist Gautam Navlakha

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Monday ended the house arrest of Gautam Navlakha, one of the five rights activists arrested in connection with Koregaon-Bhima case, saying his detention had exceeded 24 hours which is “untenable”.

A bench of Justice S. Muralidhar and Justice Vinod Goel said that the transit remand was given by the local court without compliance of mandatory provisions of the Constitution and Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). The high court also quashed the trial court’s transit remand order which he had challenged before the matter was taken to the apex court., saying Navlakha’s case was dealt in a cosmetic manner.

The Pune police had arrested Navlakha from Delhi last month following searches in several cities. A transit remand was also secured from Saket district court in South Delhi to take him to Pune.

The five activists Varavara Rao, Sudha Bharadwaj, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves and Gautam Navlakha, were in jail since 29th August. The police claimed to have proof of the arrested activists’ involvement in an event called Elgaar Parishad that later triggered violence at Bhima-Koregaon in Maharashtra.

Bhima-Koregaon Case: Supreme Court extends house arrest of five activists, rules out SIT probe

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday extended the house arrest of five rights activists who were taken into custody by the Pune Police in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence case. The plea for an SIT was not entertained, with the accused given the liberty to pursue other appropriate remedies and the top court declined to appoint a SIT for probe into their arrest.

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India, Dipak Mishra and comprising Justices A M Khaniwlkar and D Y Chandrachud, on Friday gave a 2:1 judgement on the plea seeking the immediate release of the activists.

“Arrests were not because of dissent of activists, there is prima facie material to show their link with banned CPI (Maoist),” CJI Dipak Misra said.  Chandrachud says the petition was genuine and lashes out at Maha police for press meet, distribution of letters to media.

“Accused can’t choose which probe agency should examine case,” Justice AM Khanwilkar said while reading out the verdict.

The five activists Varavara Rao, Sudha Bharadwaj, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves and Gautam Navlakha, were in jail since 29th August. The police claimed to have proof of the arrested activists’ involvement in an event called Elgaar Parishad that later triggered violence at Bhima-Koregaon in Maharashtra.

Bhima-Koregaon case: Supreme Court To Deliver Verdict on the arrest of five activists today

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court will be going to pronounce its verdict on the arrest of five rights activists in Bhima-Koregaon violence case on a plea by historian Romila Thapar and others seeking the immediate release of five activists.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra had reserved the judgment on September 20 after counsel for both parties, including senior advocates Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Harish Salve and Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, concluded their submissions. The bench, that also comprised Justices A M Khaniwlkar and D Y Chandrachud.

The five activists Varavara Rao, Sudha Bharadwaj, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves and Gautam Navlakha, were in jail since 29th August. The police claimed to have proof of the arrested activists’ involvement in an event called Elgaar Parishad that later triggered violence at Bhima-Koregaon in Maharashtra.

The apex court had on September 19 said it would look into the case with a “hawk’s eye” as “liberty cannot be sacrificed at the altar of conjectures”. The five accused are under house arrest at their respective homes since August 29.

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.

Pune Police gets extension of the 90-day To File Chargesheet In Bhima-Koregaon Case

PUNE: The Pune Sessions Court has granted a 90-day extension to Pune Police to file chargesheet in a case registered against five accused Surendra Gadling, Shoma Sen, Mahesh Raut, Sudhir Dhawale and Rona Wilson in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence which took place on January 1, this year. Pune police arrested five Dalit activists on June 6 in connection with the violence.

The court of special Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) judge KD Vadhane granted the extension sought by Pune Police, said Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Shivaji Pawar, the investigating officer in the case.

The defence lawyers sought time to file their say on the application, the court adjourned the matter till Sunday when the defence lawyers will file their say. After that, the court will pass an order.