Bhima-Koregaon violence: Bombay HC extends relief from arrest to 3 activists

MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court on Thursday grant relief to human rights activist Gautam Navlakha, civil rights activist Anand Teltumbde and priest Stan Swamy till December 14 in the Bhima Koregaon violence case.

A bench of Justices BP Dharamadhikari and Sarang Kotwal hear the activist’s petitions challenging the FIR registered in connection with the Elgar Parishad case held on December 31, 2017.

The court extended till December 14, the interim protection from arrest to the trio, who were earlier granted the relief on November, the extension period of which expired yesterday.

Navlakha moved the Bombay high court seeking quashing of his name from the chargesheet, the public prosecutor opposed Navlakha’s plea and told the court that there was enough evidence and reasons against him, news agency ANI reported.

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The bench criticised the prosecutor and directed him to submit all the relevant materials before the court by December 4.

On August 28, the five activists Varavara Rao, lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj, and Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira and Gautam Navlakha were detained from various cities and were later put under house arrest for their alleged involvement in the violence that erupted earlier this year during the 200th anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon battle.

The clashes between the Dalit and Maratha groups which took place on January 1, 2018 left one person dead and several others injured, including 10 policemen.

A day after writer and poet Rao was arrested at the end of his house arrest on Saturday, he was taken to Sassoon Hospital after complained of difficulty in breathing.

A Sessions Court in Pune, on Sunday, had sent the activist to police custody till November 26 in connection with the violence.

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