New Delhi: Continuing hearing the petition against the arrest of five activists in connection with Bhima Koregaon violence, a Supreme Court bench on Thursday said that the house arrest of the activists would continue for another week. The hearing has been adjourned till Wednesday, September 12. Reports say the court has barred the police from making statements to media, adding that “incautious statements affect people’s reputation. The court also pulled up the Maharashtra police for going public with its findings and sharing it with media.

On August 28, searches were conducted at the residences of five activists. After that, they were arrested; while prominent Telugu poet Varavara Rao was arrested from Hyderabad, activists Vernon Gonzalves and Arun Farreira were nabbed from Mumbai, trade union activist Sudha Bhardwaj from Faridabad in Haryana and civil liberties activist Gautam Navalakha was arrested from New Delhi. Maharashtra’s Additional Director-General of Police Parambir Singh had claimed that the Pune police had evidence to prove the arrested activists were planning to overthrow the Narendra Modi government. The police have reportedly recovered letters, emails that establish their links with the Maoists and a “Rajiv Gandhi-type incident” to end the Modi Raj.

The top court had ordered for house arrest of the five human rights activists, observing that dissent was the “safety valve” of democracy. The apex court granted relief to activists Varavara Rao, Arun Farreira, Vernon Gonzalves, Sudha Bhardwaj and Gautam Navalakha. The Maharashtra Police had arrested them in connection with an FIR lodged following the Elgaar Parishad conclave held on December 31 last year that had later triggered violence at Bhima-Koregaon village.

Maharashtra’s Additional Director-General of Police Parambir Singh had claimed that the Pune police had evidence to prove the rights activists were planning to overthrow the Narendra Modi government. The police had reportedly recovered letters, emails that establish their links with the Maoists and a “Rajiv Gandhi-type incident” to end the Modi Raj.