Bhima-Koregaon: SC declines urgent hearing of plea against SIT probe denial

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to hold an urgent hearing of a review petition filed by historian Romila Thapar against its verdict that refused a Special Investigation Team-led (SIT) probe into house-arrests of five activists in Bhima Koregaon case.

The court, in its verdict, had also allowed Maharashtra Police to continue with the investigation.

Thapar along with four other activists had earlier filed a petition in the top court against the house-arrest of the five activists in Bhima Koregaon violence.

On September 28, the Supreme Court had turned down the request of the petitioners to set up an SIT to probe into the case and extended the activists’ house arrest for four weeks.

The five activists, namely poet Vara Vara Rao, lawyer Sudha Bhardwaj, activists Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, and Gautam Navlakha, have been under house arrest since August 29 for their alleged involvement in the violence which took place on January 1.

The five accused were arrested from various cities for their alleged involvement in the violence that erupted earlier this year during the 200th anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon battle. One person was killed and many were injured in the clashes.