Bhima Koregaon case: Maharashtra govt moves SC against rights activist Navlakha’s release

The Maharashtra government on October 3 moved the Supreme Court against challenging the Delhi High Court order for release of rights activist Gautam Navlakha, who has been under house arrest in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon case, since August 29.

A petition was filed in the SC today, two days after the Delhi High Court set aside activist Navlakha’s transit remand and ended his house arrest. The case is likely to come up before newly appointed Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.

The HC bench, while delivering the judgment, said that the detention was untenable in law.

Reacting to the High Court’s order, counsel Nishant Katneshwar for the state of Maharashtra in the apex court, had said, “We will put forward before apex court that the High Court, while ruling on a transit remand, has also ended the house arrest, which was extended by the Supreme Court. While doubting the arrest, the court has questioned the Panchnama, which we will point out Navlakha had signed at the time of arrest.”

 Navlakha, along with other four activists, was detained on August 28 for his alleged involvement in the violence that erupted in Pune in January during an event organized to mark 200 years of the Bhima Koregaon battle.