Charges against accused in Bhima-Koregaon case very serious: Maha govt tells SC

New Delhi: The Maharashtra Government on Monday told the Supreme Court that charges levelled against the accused in the Bhima Koregaon case are very serious and therefore they cannot be granted bail.

The accused named in the case included human rights lawyer Surendra Gadling and four other activists – Shoma Sen, Mahesh Raut, Rona Wilson and Sudhir Dhawale.

The apex court has adjourned hearing in the case till January 2019.

Earlier, the Pune Police had filed a charge sheet against 10 people, including five arrested activists – Roma Wilson, Shoma Sen, Sudhir Dhawale, Mahesh Raut and Surendra Gadling and five absconding accused – Commander Dipak Milind Teltumbde, Kishanda Prashant Bose, Prakash Naveen Rituoam Goswami, Commanders Deepu and Manglu.

The police, in its charge sheet, alleged that the “entire campaigning for Elgaar Parishad and speeches delivered at the Elgaar Parishad has aggravated the Bhima Koregaon violence.”

During the course of the investigation, the police examined around 80 witnesses. Pahad Singh, a Naxal who had earlier surrendered, was also examined by the Pune police. During the interrogation, Singh revealed that Milind Teltumbde is the leader of Urban Naxalism.

The charge sheet further stated that a letter recovered from one of the arrested accused revealed that a conspiracy was allegedly being framed to plan a Rajiv Gandhi-like assassination of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.