Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday heard the petitions filed by activist Gautam Navlakha, Professor Anand Teltumbde and priest Stan Swami challenging an FIR filed against them. The FIR was registered against the activists in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence, which also includes activists Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, and Sudha Bharadwaj. Also Read - Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singer From Bangladesh Humiliates PM Modi On Social Media, Police File Complaint
During the hearing, Gautam Navlakha filed an application seeking the quashing of his name from the chargesheet. However, the Public prosecutor told Bombay High Court that they have enough materials as evidence and reason for not quashing his name. Also Read - Trending News Today May 09, 2020: Tablighi Jamaat: Delhi Police Crime Branch Finds Maulana Saad's Audio Clip Doctored, Sends it to Forensic Science Lab
In turn, the Bombay High Court slammed the Public Prosecutor and asked her to produce all the relevant materials before the court by December 4. The court also asked the respondent to file a counter affidavit by December 5. The case has been adjourned till December 14, stated news agency ANI. Also Read - Muzaffarnagar Police do 'Home Delivery' of FIRs Amid Nationwide Lockdown to Fight Coronavirus
A division bench comprising Justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Sarang Kotwal had on Wednesday extended the arrest date of the Gautam Navlakha, Anand Teltumbde and Stan Swami by one day.
Pune Police claimed that the Maoists had allegedly funded the Elgar Parishad event which took place in Pune on December 31, 2017. The alleged motive behind organising the event was to overthrow the government. Police added that they had unearthed documents, letters, and emails to prove the alleged role of the activists in facilitating the supply of funds and weapons.
The activists were arrested by the Maharashtra police on August 28 in connection with an FIR lodged after the ‘Elgaar Parishad’ conclave was held on December 31 last year. Since then, the activists have been under arrest at their respective homes.
The area on the Pune-Ahmednagar Road, witnessed violence on January 1 this year when Dalit groups had organised a function in view of the Bhima Koregaon battle fought by the Peshwas and East India Company forces in 1818. A victory pillar was constructed in Perne village in this regard. The caste-based violence crippled the city of Mumbai in a single day after the Dalit and Maratha communities clashed during the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon battle in Pune.