New Delhi: The Maharashtra government has moved the Supreme Court against the release of social activist Gautam Navlakha from house arrest. The state government will mention the issue before Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, seeking an immediate stay on Delhi High Court order and directions to restore Navlakha’s house arrest, said ANI on Wednesday.
This Monday, the Delhi High Court had freed Navlakha, five weeks after he, along with four other rights activists, was arrested in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima violence. Granting relief to Navlakha, the high court also quashed the trial court’s transit remand order which he had challenged before the matter was taken to the Supreme Court.
A bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Vinod Goel said the apex court had extended the house arrest by four weeks to enable the activists to get appropriate legal help and the extension was for this limited purpose and Navlakha had availed it. Navlakha was arrested from the national capital on August 28. The other four activists were arrested from different parts of the country.
The activists were arrested in connection with an FIR lodged following a conclave, ‘Elgaar Parishad’, held on December 31 last year that had allegedly triggered violence later at Koregaon-Bhima village in the state. The other activists were Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves and Sudha Bharadwaj. However, historian Romila Thapar, economists Prabhat Patnaik and Devaki Jain, sociology professor Satish Deshpande and human rights lawyer Maja Daruwala moved a plea in the apex court against the police action.
Rao, a prominent Telugu poet, was arrested on August 28 from Hyderabad, while Gonsalves and Ferreira were nabbed from Mumbai. Bharadwaj was arrrested from Faridabad in Haryana.