Pune: The Pune Sessions Court on Sunday granted 90-day extension to Pune Police to file a chargesheet in a case registered against five persons arrested in June for alleged Maoist links – Surendra Gadling, Shoma Sen, Mahesh Raut, Sudhir Dhawale and Rona Wilson. Also Read - Bhima Koregaon Case: NIA Files Charge-Sheet Against 8 People Including DU Professor, Activist Stan Swamy
The development comes a day after Pune Police moved the court seeking extension of the 90-day-period for filing charge sheet against the five arrested persons, citing fresh arrests in the case. Also Read - Bhima Koregaon Case: Accused Summoned For Examination Before Commission of Inquiry in Pune
Police arrested Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Wilson, Surendra Gadling, Shoma Sen and Mahesh Raut in June while probing the alleged Maoist connection to the Elgar Parishad conclave held in Pune on December 31 last year. Inflammatory speeches at the event led to violence at Koregaon Bhima near Pune next day, police had alleged. Also Read - Koregaon-Bhima case: SC sets aside Bombay HC order refusing extension of time to file charge sheet
“The period of their judicial custody of 90 days is coming to an end on September 3. With the fresh five arrests in the case, probe is still going on,” said Assistant Commissioner of Police Shivaji Pawar, the investigating officer, on Saturday.
On August 28, police arrested five more Left-wing activists: Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Varavara Rao, Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navalakha. Later, upon Supreme Court’s order, these five were put under house arrest till September 6.
Under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, which is invoked in the case, if the investigation is not completed within 90 days, the period can be extended up to 180 days, ACP Pawar said.
In ordinary cases, police have to file charge sheet within 90 days of arrest, otherwise the accused can get bail.
(With PTI inputs)