New Delhi: The Supreme Court has rejected a review plea of historian Romila Thapar who had sought a review of its verdict that upheld the arrest of five rights activists — Vara Vara Rao, lawyer Sudha Bhardwaj, activists Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, and Gautam Navlakha held in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence case.
“We have perused the review petition as well as the grounds in support thereof. In our opinion, no case for review of judgment dated September 28, 2018 is made out. The review petition is accordingly dismissed,” a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said, while dismissing the plea.
Meanwhile, a Pune Special Court sent human rights activists Vernon S Gonsalves and Arun T Ferreira to police custody till November 6.
On September 28, by a majority verdict of 2:1, the Supreme Court had extended the arrest of the five activists by four weeks. It has also rejected the plea for a SIT investigation but allowed the investigation officers to continue with their inquiry.
The activists were arrested in connection with an FIR filed following a conclave ‘Elgaar Parishad’ held on December 31 last year that had allegedly triggered violence later at Koregaon-Bhima village in Maharashtra. They were put under house arrest on August 29.