New Delhi: An accused in the Bhima Koregaon case on Friday refused to depose before the Inquiry Commission as it might affect his argument before the trial court.
Surendra Gadling explained that his arguments in the Bhima Koregaon case will be out in the open if he deposes before the respective commission.
Last month, the Inquiry Commission had summoned Gadling and co-accused Sudhir Dhawale to appear before it on September 6 and September 7 respectively. Both the accused were arrested last year. They are currently lodged in Yerawada jail. While Gadling refused to depose before the commission, Sudhir Dhawale is scheduled to appear before the inquiry commission on Saturday.
The police, in its charge sheet, had claimed provocative speeches made at the Elgaar Parishad on December 31, 2017, were responsible for the caste violence around Bhima-Koregaon village in Pune district the next day during an event to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon.
One person was killed and several others were injured in the violence, including 10 policemen. As many as 58 cases were filed by the police against 162 people during a state-wide shutdown in January following the violent clashes.
Last year, ten people were chargesheeted in connection with the case including five arrested activists such as Roma Wilson, Shoma Sen, Sudhir Dhawale, Mahesh Raut and Surendra Gadling and five absconding accused namely Commander Dipak Milind Teltumbde, Kishanda Prashant Bose, Prakash Naveen Rituoam Goswami, Commanders Deepu and Manglu.
According to the chargesheet, a letter recovered from one of the arrested accused revealed that a conspiracy was being framed to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi just like Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination.