New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday deferred to December 3 the hearing in the arrests of activists held for alleged Maoist links in connection with the Elgar Parishad case and the Bhima Koregaon violence, reported ANI. (Also read: Chargesheet Against 10 People For Plotting to Kill PM Modi)
This comes a day after the Pune police claimed that the Elgaar Parishad, the conference held in Pune on December 31 last year, was organised to mobilise Dalit groups and other organisations against the government. In its chargesheet, the Pune Police alleged that the speeches at the event “provoked the masses” in Bhima Koregaon the next day when thousands of people had gathered there to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon.
The chargesheet names ten accused, including activists Sudhir Dhawale and Rona Wilson, Surendra Gadling, Shoma Sen and Mahesh Raut, all of whom were arrested on June 6. All 22 accused in the case have been booked under the stringent UAPA and sections of the IPC. Indian Penal Code.
Among those arrested are Sudha Bharadwaj, P Varavara Rao, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira and Gautam Navlakha who were arrested on August 28. Police said they were part of a conspiracy to overthrow the government. They were placed under house arrest for five weeks on the directions of the Supreme Court on September 28.
Bharadwaj, Gonsalves and Ferreira were later arrested by police and are in judicial custody. Varavara Rao’s house arrest has been extended by three weeks. Navlakha and another activist, Anand Teltumbde moved Bombay High Court, saying their names should be dropped from the FIR. The High Court has extended the interim relief granted to them until the next hearing on November 21.